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I’m a businessman, elder in one of the more conservative mega churches in Grand Rapids, Michigan and for over 25 years a full time spiritual mentor of men. I love introducing people to Jesus and truth from God’s perspective. I’m also an NPR listener and student of our culture because I want to understand how the world and a younger generation think, so I’m prepared to engage in conversations which are true to the Bible, intellectually honest and gracious.

Following Jesus is the only hope I have of living this life with purpose, energy and expectation. I hope to end my days on earth still meeting young men at Starbucks who have no interest in God, being the patriarch of my family, cheering them on to godliness, making sad people smile and the lonely – laugh, giving the poor hope, pointing wayward men back to their families, teaching the whole counsel of God and keeping myself unstained – God’s reputation and mine intact.

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A 30 Day Self Examination
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Decades ago, before I had abandoned my cultural Christianity and decided to truly follow Jesus, a pastor challenged me to 30 days of self-examination. He challenged me to read the 24 chapters of Luke, over the next month; a chapter a day (with a few days thrown in to miss a few readings.)

BUT! (And here was his spiritual, secret sauce.)

“Clare, before you begin reading each day, here’s the prayer I want you to pray sincerely; God teach me everything you want me to learn, and give me the courage to live it out!”

God used that prayer to change everything. Everything.

I wasn’t to read the Bible for information. I was to read it as an instruction manual. I had been born and raised in the church, so I knew I had what the Bible “said” I just didn’t trust God enough to live it out. What was missing? Faith.
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Spiritual Cyber-Attacks
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Most of the younger Christians I know don’t believe in the Devil anymore. Oh, they know the Bible talks about the Devil, and they believe in evil, but almost none of them gives Satan and his demons any serious thought.

Phase 1 of the Devil’s cyber attack completed!

1 Peter 5:8 says, Be alert and sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 

That verse couldn’t be more clear. He wants you and me destroyed.

If you are a parent, grandparent or a mentor, you may want to read this blog to your children, grandchildren and those you mentor. When you’re done, look them straight in the eye and tell them you believe in Satan, demons and demonic power.

Years ago, I wrote this for some men I was mentoring about Satan;
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The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender
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Some of you know that for the last three years, I’ve spent a good share of time meeting with LGBT+ people and their families. It hasn’t changed my theology, but it has changed my heart.

As a result, I’ve teamed up with Dr. Preston Sprinkle to form The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender, www.centerforfaith.com. Preston is the president (the brains of the outfit), I’m the chairman and CEO.

Preston has a PhD in New Testament from Aberdeen University in Scotland. He’s taught at Cedarville University, co-written a book with Francis Chan and four books on homosexuality for Zondervan. He’s also young (41) and cool (two things I’ll never be again) and a passionate follower of Jesus.

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Do All Bad Things Actually Work Out For Our Good?
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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Whenever I hear that verse quoted by Christians in a receiving line at a funeral home, I cringe. I don’t know if those who say it, actually believe those words will be a comfort to a grieving person, or they just don’t know anything else Christian – to say.

I believe the problem comes from a conventional understanding that Romans 8:28 teaches that no matter what happens to a Christian, God will always turn it into something good for them. While that is often true – I don’t believe it’s always true. Here’s what I believe that verse could also mean.
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