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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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Convinced

What gave Paul confidence? In other words, as the road got more rugged, what kept hope alive inside him? Well, to begin with, he wasn’t someone who relied on fables or “hope-so” religion. He was trained at an early age … Continue reading

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If God is for Us

Some items have significant worth, even if their monetary value is low. For example, a loved one’s photo may be worthless on an auction site, but priceless to you. It’s often described as having “sentimental value”. As followers of Christ, … Continue reading

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Winning

Do you ever feel like the “bad” is winning all around you while the “good” struggles? Perhaps some days you wonder if it’s even worth the effort to seek out and do what’s right, but the Bible reminds us God … Continue reading

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Needed

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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The Inherent Value of Prayer

What’s the value of a prayer? Is it measured by results, eloquence, or word choice? Or is there inherent value in the child of God’s prayer itself? To get a complete picture, a remarkable passage of scripture in Revelation chapter … Continue reading

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Do You Ever Get Discouraged?

Even when things go well, our spirit can sink into discouragement. The Prophet Elijah is a great example. After a spectacular victory on Mt. Carmel against the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18), he fled the wrath of King Ahab … Continue reading

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By the Way

Have you ever stopped to realize that if Jesus was physically sitting by you, He could work the apps on your phone better than a teenage whiz-kid? Sure, it’s a silly thought, but seriously, we tend to have a mental … Continue reading

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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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Death of a Rebellion

Peter was a Galilean; and in first century Hebrew culture, that carried a certain predisposition. Primarily, it described a people with an independent spirit, and rebellious attitude toward subjugation (especially by the gentile Romans). The ancient Hebrew historian Josephus described … 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 – Valley of the Shadow

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…” – Psalm 23:4a NKJ “It is a most reassuring and reinforcing experience to the child of God to discover that there is, even … 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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