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Trust for the Future

The idea of “the future” invokes many emotions, hopes, worries, dreams, and personal questions. Some try not to think about it at all, while others are captivated by its promise. To be clear, there’s a certain end result as revealed … Continue reading

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What’s True in the Light is True in the Dark

It’s been said, “What’s true in the light is true in the dark.” and it’s a timely reminder. Not only is there a push now to accept immorality, but an increasing demand to celebrate it. Even some prominent church leaders … Continue reading

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The Most Abused Word in the English Language

One of the striking traits of letters written in the 19th century is the level of thought put into them. For example, notes sent home during the American Civil War contain sentences filled with deliberate, carefully crafted terms of endearment. … Continue reading

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Not Guilty!

“Not guilty!” Upon hearing that declaration, what would an exonerated person be thinking? Thanks? Joy? Things-to-do? Freedom? All-the-above?! For the believer, there’s also such a declaration: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…” – … Continue reading

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Who’s Blueprints?

Life often doesn’t make sense. People, circumstances, and timing can lead to wondering about the details of God’s plan. In the early part of the 1st century, the Jews were hoping for the Messiah’s coming, but generations had come and gone … Continue reading

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Temperature

Are you a thermometer or thermostat? Every time the thermostat in your home starts the heat or air-conditioning, it’s because the temperature needs adjustment; and based on its thermometer, action is called for. When a follower of Christ engages others, … Continue reading

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Wrath

What would God’s wrath look like totally unleashed? The Bible describes judgment falling on the world during the Flood, His righteous anger burning against Sodom, and destruction of idolatrous groups like the Assyrians; but what would the full, unbridled wrath of … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Day 8-19-18

“I will praise the LORD according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.” – Psalm 7:17 NKJV Our singing, meditation, and worship should be focused on His righteousness; not the process or … Continue reading

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Perspective

Don’t confuse knowledge with wisdom. Saul the Pharisee was a guy who knew the scriptures. As a matter of fact; with his many years of zealous study and verbatim memorization, he probably mumbled the entire book of Deuteronomy in his … Continue reading

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Doubt

John the Baptist was rugged, bold and popular. He was a “man’s man” who wore camel hair clothes and lived outside. He fearlessly addressed self-centered leaders with words like “brood of vipers!”, so he wasn’t exactly the timid type. He even declared Jesus the … Continue reading

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Work

Is your candle burning at both ends (while the middle melts too)? Truth is, balancing life in our modern world is challenging. A simple list of “what to do & what not to do” would be nice, but real life isn’t that … Continue reading

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What to do as the Cultural Train Leaves the Tracks

Sometimes it feels like today’s pop-culture is a slow-motion train wreck flying off the rails, and I often wonder how the early Church dealt with similar circumstances. I’m sure there was plenty of discouragement, but along with inspired letters from … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 – Goodness and Mercy

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life…” – Psalm 23:6a NKJV “Our moods may shift, but God doesn’t. Our minds may change, but God doesn’t. Our devotion may falter, but God never does. Even … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 – You Are With Me

“For you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4b NKJV “Just as for the sheep of David’s day there was comfort and consolation in seeing the rod in the shepherd’s skillful hands, so … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 – Still Waters

“He leads me beside the still waters.” – Psalm 23:2b NKJV “All the long and complex history of earth’s religions, pagan worship, and human philosophy is bound up with this insatiable thirst for God. David, when he composed Psalm 23, … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 – Green Pastures

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures…” – Psalm 23:2a NKJV “[For sheep] it is significant that to be at rest there must be a definite sense of freedom from fear, tension, aggravations, and hunger. The unique aspect … Continue reading

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Psalm 23 – Satisfied

“…I shall not want.” – Psalm 23:1b NKJV “Contentment should be the hallmark of the man or woman who has put his or her affairs in the hands of God. This especially applies in our affluent age. But the outstanding … Continue reading

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DANGER: Hard-Hitting Quote Ahead

For years, a dull heaviness has lingered in my heart regarding the direction of church-life in America. Some of those concerns have made their way into my preaching/writing in small amounts, but I’ve purposely avoided focusing on them. However, during … Continue reading

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Wisdom 24.3

“A house is built by wisdom, and it is established by understanding; by knowledge the rooms are filled with every precious and beautiful treasure.” – Proverbs 24:3 HCSB In biblical terms, your “house” is more than a physical dwelling, it … Continue reading

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Milk & Honey

The phrase “Land Flowing with Milk & Honey” is sometimes used as a metaphor to represent a “rich reward”. Originally, it was a word-picture given to the Hebrews by God to describe the Promised Land, because their future home was … Continue reading

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