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A Clear Conscience

A clear conscience is priceless. It produces a sense of serenity, but unfortunately, false accusations, innuendo and unforeseen challenges can cause us to second-guess ourselves. Paul was familiar with all the above. Regarding his conscience, certain people in the Corinthian … Continue reading

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One Foot in Front of the Other

When the trail of life gets long, it often comes down to simply putting-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other. It’s the point where the scenery is no longer inspiring, the small talk isn’t interesting, the pack has gotten heavy and rest seems far away. In … Continue reading

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Wisdom 11.11

“A city is built up by the blessing of the upright, but it is torn down by the mouth of the wicked.” – Proverbs 11:11 HCSB Never underestimate the power of your presence. There’s a sphere of influence that goes … Continue reading

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Godly Order

God is a God “of order”. In many ways, we can observe creation and see that God made the universe in a way that’s understandable (laws of physics, etc.). Of course, there are many things we’ve yet to understand, but … Continue reading

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Love is…

The word “love” is often used carelessly. In the Bible, however, the word love carries much more weight than just feelings that come and go, it involves an act of the will. It describes a “decided” love between people, love … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Day 11-11-18

“The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.” – … Continue reading

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Stronger Together

In the ancient world, Hittite craftsmen made bows by layering materials that were held together by a simple, but surprisingly strong glue. The “composite” design shot arrows faster and made the bow more durable. Modern technology has made many improvements, but the composite principle discovered long … Continue reading

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Whatever Actually Means Whatever

Details can be important. For example, one wrong calculation can cause a spaceship to miss its target by thousands of miles, and a decimal point can turn a good business deal into a disaster. As a former Pharisee, Paul was … Continue reading

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Watch Your Step

Banana peels are slippery. Thankfully it’s not common to see one on the sidewalks, but there’s a lot of spiritual “banana peels” tossed onto a disciple’s path each day. The danger is getting too comfortable with their presence, which can lead … Continue reading

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Wisdom 11.1

“Dishonest scales are detestable to the Lord, but an accurate weight is His delight.” – Proverbs 11:1 HCSB Decisions made while no one is looking is a true measure of someone’s integrity and a life of honesty is a worthy … Continue reading

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Taking Inventory of the Temple

Often, the body is referenced as God’s temple when promoting better diet and exercise. It’s true that indulgence, sloth, drugs, tobacco and alcohol can be problematic, but the verse from which the phrase comes is related to sexual sin. It’s … Continue reading

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Profitability

A profitability study can reveal surprising things about a specific market, product, or business. It can determine if a market has changed or reveal needed adjustments to products or direction. Now think about this question, “If you viewed your time … Continue reading

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The Presence of Leaven

Yeast changes things. For example, as it works, dough rises and alcohol is released. In a Hebrew person’s life, it was symbolic of sin, and today is still removed from the home for Passover in traditional Jewish families. Paul, knowing … Continue reading

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The Test of Time

The difference between natural and spiritual aren’t always easily discerned. In 1 Corinthians chapter 3, the true foundation of a redeemed life is described. It’s specifically built on Christ and His teachings, not a variation of them or a “Jesus-plus” … Continue reading

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Wisdom 10.28

“The hope of the righteous will be gladness, but the expectation of the wicked will perish.” – Proverbs 10:28 NKJV A believer has many reasons to expect a better future, and hope connected to the things of God produces an … Continue reading

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Revealed

Logic can be dangerous concerning spiritual things. Not because reason must be set aside for faith, but because it’s according to “something” or “someone”. In the case of spiritual matters, reason according to God is the only rationale worth pursuing; … Continue reading

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The Best Kind of Leadership

It’s often said that leadership equals influence. As an apostle, Paul was commissioned to influence people. He explained his approach and process this way: “When I came to you…I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom. For I … Continue reading

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Embracing the Cross

The cross is foolishness to those who don’t believe. It was true in the first century and still true today. Perhaps that’s why some preachers try to make the gospel more palatable and sophisticated for those who consider themselves above … Continue reading

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Enriched

Ever noticed phrases like “Enriched with…” or “Fortified with…” on food products? For example, vitamins, minerals or fiber are included to provide something not naturally present. In a similar way, Christ has provided many things not naturally present in us … Continue reading

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Wisdom 10.19

“When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” – Proverbs 10:19 NIV While the attention may go to those making the most noise, disciplined words speak of maturity and Christlikeness. The growing disciple knows … Continue reading

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