Mark Batterson serves as lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC. One church with multiple locations. NCC is focused on reaching emerging generations and meets in theaters throughout the DC metro area. NCC also owns and operates the largest coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. Mark holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University and is the New York Times bestselling author of 19 books...

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Press On

“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 3:13-14 At some point in our lives, most of us stop living out of imagination and start living out of memory. That’s the day…

Extended Warranty

“All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.” –Deuteronomy 28:2 Just as the blessings of God come with a condition, they also carry a warranty. In contractual law, a warranty protects us against a manufacturer’s defect or seller’s default. Those warranties come in…

Prisoners of Hope

“Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.” –Zechariah 9:12 The concept of the double blessing has been used and abused by name-it-and-claim-it preachers for longer than I’ve been alive. I understand the dangers of misinterpretation and misapplication as it relates to God’s promises, but…

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Disciple: Commissioned

When did we start believing that God wants to send us to SAFE PLACES to do EASY THINGS at CONVENIENT TIMES with NICE PEOPLE? Newsflash. Jesus didn’t die to KEEP US SAFE. Jesus died to MAKE US DANGEROUS. The will of God isn’t an INSURANCE PLAN. It’s a DARING PLAN. And the complete surrender of our lives to the Lordship of Jesus Christ is not radical. It’s normal. The problem? Our normal is so subnormal that normal seems abnormal. Jesus made no bones about it: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
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