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On Fearing Failure

Have you ever been afraid to speak about the Bible for fear of getting it wrong? For example, you know someone who could use Bible-based encouragement or loving admonishment, but you’re worried you’ll not have the “right words” or worse, … Continue reading

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If

What if you found an old letter describing a location in your yard where money was buried? Would you attempt to find it? Of course, most people would, but finding cash among your roses isn’t likely. However, the Bible’s promise of treasure is more certain. Consider Solomon’s instructions: “My … 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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Scarred Stones

Natural stones need to be cut and chiseled for a proper fit. By contrast, “cultured” stones come from a mold, and have a project-ready uniformity. In a spiritual sense, think about the significance of natural stones versus cultured. Peter described … Continue reading

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The Stuff that Lasts

How much in life is forever? In all honesty, not a whole lot. Peter called the things of this world “perishable”. Of course, he wasn’t calling for people to quit life and just watch the clouds for the Lord’s return, … Continue reading

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Be Holy?

“Hypocrite”, “self-righteous”, and “holier-than-thou” can describe a religious phony. They’re also terms used as weapons to temper the zeal of someone genuinely striving to live right. In both the Old and New Testaments, God says for us to “Be Holy.” … Continue reading

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Girded

These days, telling someone to “gird up their loins” may produce a confused look or worse, but in a biblical sense, the phrase carries significant meaning. In the ancient world, it described a man preparing for action by gathering up … Continue reading

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