Joe Duke
Playing Like a Team

Playing Like a Team

One of the basic fundamentals of a team sport is that you play like a team. The likelihood of victory increases when each team member works together to contribute the very best possible. Nowhere is teamwork more essential than in the body of Christ. Because we’re on...

Finding Financial Breathing Room

Finding Financial Breathing Room

A life without margin can squeeze the life out of you. Margin creates space to enjoy life in every area. That even includes finding financial breathing room. Financial margin is the space between what you spend and what you have. Margin with your money gives you...

Choosing Moral Boundaries

Choosing Moral Boundaries

Life without margin can be exhausting and even dangerous, especially when you live without moral boundaries. When you set moral boundaries you create space that discourages unwise or sinful decisions. A simple commitment to a self-imposed moral margin positions you to...

Creating Slack in Your Schedule

Creating Slack in Your Schedule

Take an informal survey and you’ll find that most people admit to being too busy. Seems like there’s barely enough room in our schedules to find time for the things that matter most. Without margin in our daily routine, we will at best become exhausted and at worse...

Closing in Prayer

Closing in Prayer

When it comes to Jesus, one thing was certain: He prayed a lot. As Jesus approaches His soon and certain death, He concludes His intimate conversation with His disciples by praying. As He talks to the Father, He prays for Himself, for the disciples and for all who...

Becoming a Friend of Jesus

Becoming a Friend of Jesus

Last words are lasting words. When someone special says goodbye, the experience can be moving and memorable. Imagine how Jesus’ closest friends felt when He told them He was going away. That conversation shaped them for life. Jesus’ words to His disciples prior to His...

Stay Connected

Stay Connected

Last words are lasting words. When someone special says goodbye, the experience can be moving and memorable. Imagine how Jesus’ closest friends felt when He told them He was going away. That conversation shaped them for life. Jesus’ words to His disciples prior to His...

A New Perspective

A New Perspective

Last words are lasting words. When someone special says goodbye, the experience can be moving and memorable. Imagine how Jesus’ closest friends felt when He told them He was going away. That conversation shaped them for life. Jesus’ words to His disciples prior to His...

Role Reversal

Role Reversal

Just prior to His death, Jesus did the unthinkable. In the upper room with the disciples, Jesus turned greatness upside down. He modeled servanthood. He taught the disciples the remarkable principle of role reversal and launched an unstoppable movement through those...

God is Just

God is Just

The fact that God is love is unmistakable. But God is also just. God’s justice reminds us that some things are right and some things are sinful. And sinful actions deserve punishment. When you get to know God better, your suspicions may be confirmed; you may discover...

God is Jealous

God is Jealous

It’s almost inconceivable to think of jealousy as a virtue. It’s an undesirable attitude to be avoided at all costs. But as we get to know God, we soon discover that He is jealous. How can jealousy be wrong for us and right for God?

God as Father

God as Father

On the adventure of getting to know God, we soon discover that God is a father. But God is no ordinary father. He exhibits the best things of fatherhood in a perfect way. And He invites you into a relationship as His child.

God is Knowable

God is Knowable

It’s possible we can embrace ideas about God that are entirely incorrect. People often live in a way that implies God is distant and disinterested. What if the opposite is true about God? We can enjoy a completely different experience when we understand we can know...

Reconciling Accounts

Reconciling Accounts

At salvation we’re entrusted with a gift that we can invest and enjoy or ignore and squander. But one thing is for sure: we will give an account of our lives before God. Living for Jesus never goes unnoticed by Jesus. He promises to faithfully reward those who have...

Lasting Impression

Lasting Impression

Understanding the difference between salvation and discipleship is one of the most critical distinctions in the entire Bible. At the heart of this discussion is the question of our behavior. What is required of us to keep our salvation and how much sin is “allowed”...

The Time It Takes

The Time It Takes

Once you understand the distinction between salvation and discipleship you’re poised to make more sense of the spiritual life. A major piece of the Christian life puzzle centers on the time it takes to get salvation and the time it takes to grow. Get this wrong and...

The Price to Pay

The Price to Pay

It’s clear that God wants to communicate with us. But sometimes the things of God can be difficult to understand. When we look carefully at the concepts surrounding the spiritual life, we discover a simple, basic distinction that profoundly informs our understanding...

Under Grace Not Law

Under Grace Not Law

While many Christians admit that salvation occurs apart from the keeping of the law, they hasten to insert the law as a standard for living the Christian life. What is the purpose of the Old Testament law? And more specifically, what does it mean to be under grace and...

Abide or Slide

Abide or Slide

Because every person is born separated from God, we are in trouble. But God has come to the rescue. Salvation is offered to all as a free gift - a gift received by belief that Jesus has died in our place. After receiving this gift, we have the choice to invest our...

Is It A or B?

Is It A or B?

People often struggle with the blatant simplicity of the free gift of eternal life. It is a gift without cost given freely through God's grace. But at the same time, Jesus calls us to pay the price of following Him. Can this apparent contradiction be reconciled? The...

Once You’re In, You’re In

Once You’re In, You’re In

Some people make salvation harder to get than it really is. And similarly, some people insist salvation is harder to keep than it really is. Can salvation, once received, ever be lost? If so, how? If salvation is a free gift, does the recipient get charged after the...