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Uncomplicated

We can easily complicate the life of faith. At times, we simply don’t have answers to all the questions, and the scriptures can be complex in certain places. However, there are many verses that need no commentary or explanation. The … Continue reading

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Acceptance

Peer-acceptance can be a powerful force. It can strongly influence decisions, and even alter the course of one’s life. During Jesus’ ministry, there were many who recognized His divine nature, but could not bring themselves to the point of identifying … Continue reading

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Big

Zacchaeus was a “wee-little-man” as the children’s song goes, but he had a big plan for getting ahead in life (hence the position as the hated Chief Tax Collector). Whether driven by the desire to “get even” with childhood bullies … Continue reading

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Greatness

Power is a whispering liar and always promises more than it can deliver. For example, pursuing inner satisfaction and contentment through control never ends with genuine peace. However, the inner serenity we seek is available through Christ, but His way is … Continue reading

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Workers

In ancient times, someone looking for work would be grateful for the chance to tend a vineyard. However, in Jesus’ parable of the workers (Matt. 20), the joy of getting hired in the morning was replaced by envy and anger … Continue reading

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Return

The touch of the Master is special. Luke records where ten lepers were crying out to Jesus for healing. In response to their requests, Jesus instructed them to go show themselves to the priests. As they went, their bodies were … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Day 4-29-18

“The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.” – Psalm 37:18 NKJV The Lord is aware…of everything. As our Father, He watches over us with a parental eye and guides with a loving purpose. … Continue reading

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Duty

Feeling better about oneself seems to be the goal of many spiritual pursuits today, but there are some scripture passages that totally contrast the “greeting-card-quotes”. For example, when the disciples asked Jesus to “increase their faith”, He identified the power … Continue reading

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Found

The good news about “lostness” is “foundness”. Luke 15:1-32 records where Jesus told three parables back-to-back about “found things”. He started with a shepherd searching for a sheep who declared, “…I have found my sheep that was lost!” Then He … Continue reading

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Exalted

When it comes to a potter’s work…the clay doesn’t get a say. In the same way, none of us had a say in the skill-set, aptitude or body we were born with; that was God’s creative hand. He also holds … Continue reading

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Required

God is not a cosmic abstract or blank canvas to project self-centered notions onto. He has specific characteristics and has revealed Himself to us (through the Person of Christ, and His Word). However, we can easily find ourselves drifting toward … Continue reading

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Conformity

The pressure to conform is part of life. Even within church circles, there are those who position themselves as the guardians of all things “acceptable”. Jesus spoke of such people, and one of His statements about them was this: “Beware … Continue reading

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Being

One of the biggest struggles in the life of faith is the pressure to “do”. Whether it’s spoken, unspoken, self-imposed, or “others-imposed”, the expectation to be “doing” something for Christ can distract from the powerful reality of “being” something in … Continue reading

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Know

What do you know to be true? In John chapter 9 a man born blind is miraculously healed by Jesus. Afterwards, the Jewish leadership verbally attacked the man and his story; questioning his integrity and disassociating him from the synagogue. … Continue reading

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Free

Cultural shifts often promise new liberty, but only deliver old bondage in new ways. There’s only one form of true personal liberty; “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My … Continue reading

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Discernment

Godly discernment looks beyond the obvious. “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” – John 7:24 NKJV When Jesus spoke those words, He was being accused of blaspheming Jewish law. Obviously, Jesus knew the Law given … Continue reading

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Wisdom 20.29

“The glory of young men is their strength, and the splendor of old men is their gray hair.” – Proverbs 20:29 HCSB How a society views its elder population reveals much of its spiritual condition. May we in the church … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Day 3-25-18

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” – Psalm 37:3-4 NKJV A heart trusting in … Continue reading

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Powerless

The disciples knew power, but they also knew weakness. In Mark chapter 6 records where they were sent out by Jesus with the power over evil spirits and to heal. Afterwards, they returned with stories of demons being cast out and … Continue reading

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Perceptions

Jesus was a carpenter; and to those who knew Him growing up, the image of a tradesman was fixed in their minds. To them, that’s what He was…and all He was ever going to be. Consider what the people of … Continue reading

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