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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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Saints

The word “saint” is often used to describe a person worthy of special recognition, but in the Bible, it isn’t the summary of a life lived, it’s a position. It’s being “in Christ” and “set apart”. As Paul opened his … Continue reading

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Letting Go

Ever struggled with letting go of a grudge? If there’s anyone in the Old Testament who could have justified a grudge, it would have been Joseph. As Jacob’s favorite son, his jealous brothers sold him to slave-traders, which led to a life … Continue reading

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The Question of Timing

Joseph was done wrong. First he was sold into slavery, then imprisoned by a false accusation. While confined in the Egyptian prison, Joseph interpreted the dreams of two officials who were being punished by Pharaoh. When one of them got … Continue reading

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Wisdom 10.9

“He who walks with integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will become known.” – Proverbs 10:9 NKJV Finding sure steps on tricky terrain can be tough; but the Word sheds light on the path to reveal the … Continue reading

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The Simple Truth

Someone taking a “literal” approach to the Christian life is often considered simple and unsophisticated. There’s even a growing number of pastors who’ve abandoned a traditional interpretation of scripture in favor of a more tolerant view of cultural standards. It … Continue reading

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A Hopeful Heart

This world can be a hopeless place. Daily news events and the actions of people can leave a person feeling discouraged about life and the future. As believers, we hear the word hope a lot, but it can often feel … Continue reading

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Neighborly

“Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” – Romans 13:10 NKJV What does it mean to be a “good neighbor”? Is it watching out for another’s property while they’re on vacation? Putting … Continue reading

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Overcoming

Evil is restless. It’s never content with marginal status, and the Bible teaches that a proper defense is actually a posture of offense. In Romans chapter 12, there’s a series of directives given for the active, grace-filled life. There are things like … Continue reading

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Wisdom 6.16

“The Lord hates six things; in fact, seven are detestable to Him: arrogant eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet eager to run to evil, a lying witness who gives false … Continue reading

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A Word Fitly Spoken

Who needs you today? As Paul was building on his statement to be “living sacrifices”, he mentioned this: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” – Romans 12:15 NKJV So who needs you today? You have the … Continue reading

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Thinking Soberly

Drunken decisions are less wise than sober, because thoughts are better without impairment. Incidentally, the idea of clear, sober thinking is how Paul finishes up his thorough discussion of sin, faith, law, and grace (Romans Ch.1-11). Starting off chapter 12, he … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Day 10-7-18

“I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.” – Psalm 16:8-9 NIV Life is … Continue reading

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Unsearchable

Israel rejected Jesus as the Messiah. He was in their temple, marketplaces and homes; yet many didn’t embrace Him as Lord. The long-awaited moment had come for the introduction of the promised King…and the majority chose not to follow. For … Continue reading

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