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Sin Boldly

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Sin Boldly

We should never take sin more seriously than God's free and eternal grace.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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In an extraordinary letter from Martin Luther to his friend Philip Melanchthon, Luther admonishes him, “Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong, but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world.”

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Take Up Your Cross

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Take Up Your Cross

The cost of discipleship is giving up everything that holds us back from our Lord.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Recently, filmmakers gathered with a cast of hundreds to create a fully immersive virtual reality experience called JESUS VR. They’re trying to do something that’s never been done before – put the viewer right next to Christ during his ministry, passion and resurrection. Now, with the right technology, audience members will be able to follow our Incarnate Lord and digitally take up your cross. But what does that mean?

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Rock and a Hard Place

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Rock and a Hard Place

Our transformation and sanctification are in God's hands.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Sometimes doing the right thing can be hard. We know we shouldn’t act out in anger or rev our engine and cut someone off. But we tend to do it anyway. But as Christians, weren’t we “saved” from these things when we accepted Christ’s saving grace? Why do we keep messing up? Paul dealt with this question in his letter to the Romans: “So I find this law at work; Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

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Out on the Edge

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Out on the Edge

Our Christian lives are marked with service to others.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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The other day I saw an interview with the lead guitarist for U2 – the Edge. He was at his studio doing some guitar tests. While he was tuning up, he talked about the difference between a “showboating” guitarist who tries to steal the spotlight from everyone else and a guy who’s just trying to be part of the team. He said he likes to approach his role in the band by taking the latter approach, trying to find places where he can serve best. That got me thinking…

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Casting Call

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Casting Call

Christ has cast us in the his great redemptive story.

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What would you say if I pitched you a movie adaptation of the Bible starred Tom Cruise in the roll of Jesus, John Travolta as King Solomon and Elizabeth Taylor as Moses’s mother? What if I could get Steve McQueen, George Harrison and Marlon Brando as featured extras. Would you be interested? While you might be scratching your head about these casting choices, there’s a Bible Museum in Ohio that’s reclaiming old waxwork figures to illustrate scenes from the greatest story ever told. And you know what? God’s doing the same thing with us!

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Two Are Better Than One

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Two Are Better Than One

God leads us to partner with others to accomplish his great purpose.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Recently, a photograph surfaced online that showed an early version of Sony’s PlayStation game system. To me, it just looked like an old cable box. But when I looked closer, I saw that this version had both a cartridge slot as well as a CD-ROM. But what really caught my eye was Nintendo’s logo prominently displayed across the controllers. I had to stop and ask – how could these two video game titans have worked together? Wouldn’t this collaboration give one an advantage over the other? It was that thought that led me back to the scriptures.

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Wanted: Christ and Us

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Wanted: Christ and Us

We're on God's grace filled "Wanted" list.

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Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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Yesterday, I saw a “Wanted” poster for a 33-year-old man with long hair and a beard. The poster said he was wanted for leading an underground liberation movement. They listed a couple aliases – “Prince of Peace” “Son of God” and “Messiah” – and warned that he’s still at large. See if you recognize him,

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Independence Day

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Independence Day

What's the difference between happiness and joy?

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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240 years ago on July 4, 1776, our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. In the preamble, Thomas Jefferson enumerated three inalienable rights given to mankind by their Creator – “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Since then, Americans (and people all over the world) have struggled to define that last right – “the pursuit of happiness.” What does it mean? If you look around at advertisements and media, we’re bombarded with products and trinkets that are guaranteed to make us happy.

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Father's Day

Dr. Joseph Tkach

Father's Day

With our Heavenly Father, we never have to try and make it on our own.

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A few years ago, U2 made a live concert film called U2 3D. The band allowed IMAX cameras onstage to capture their performance in incredible detail. They performed a new song called “Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own,” and before he started to sing, Bono explained that he’d written it for his father. The song told a story about a father and son who had wasted most of their lives arguing only to realize that in the end, they needed one another.

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The Eye of the Storm

Dr. Joseph Tkach

The Eye of the Storm

In the midst of troubled times, prayer brings us into the presence of God.

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When you think about a hurricane, what comes to mind – a lot of wind and rain? Or complete and total stillness? The truth is – both are present. At the center of a hurricane is something called the “eye of the storm,” a place where the wind calms, the rain stops, and the sun shines. Edward R. Murrow once described flying through the eye of the storm as flying through “a great bowl of sunshine.” There’s an interesting parallel here with the reality of prayer in our lives. Sometimes our lives can feel like hurricanes: noisy, confusing and unpredictable.

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