Tag Archives: Marriage

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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What Do You See?

How big is God in your eyes? One of the earliest names for God in the Bible is God Most High (Genesis 14:18-20). It’s an awesome description. No matter what we can see or imagine…He’s higher, bigger, and stronger. The … 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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Wisdom 2.6

Who sets the boundaries of your steps? Along the path of life there are many voices speaking their version of “truth”. One of the common calls from the shadows is the phrase, “Follow your heart.” That may sound like wise … 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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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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In the Shadow of the Almighty

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.” – … Continue reading

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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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Wisdom 21.23

“Whoever guards his mouth and tongue, keeps his soul from troubles.” – Proverbs 21:23 NKJV Words spoken tend to live-on even after an apology, and some thoughts need time to mature before being revealed (or discarded). May our words be … 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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Listening

When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain (in the presence of Peter, James and John), His heavenly glory burned bright as the sun. Excited by what he saw, Peter immediately began talking of his plan for monuments, but the scripture … 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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Wisdom 19.21

“Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the LORD’s decree will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21 HCSB There’s an old saying among carpenters, “Measure twice, cut once.” because once a cut is made, it can’t be undone. Perhaps it’s a … Continue reading

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Peace

Storms are powerful displays of nature, and when seasons change, the weather can get nasty. In our personal life, “changing winds” can also bring a storm. In the Gospels, there’s a pivotal moment where the disciples sailed into rough seas while Jesus … Continue reading

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Tiny

Big results in God’s kingdom often start very small. Jesus explained it this way: “To what shall we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is … Continue reading

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Labels

People will label you various ways; “nice”, “mean”, “attractive”, “talented”, “clumsy”, etc. Some are welcome…and some aren’t. In the Bible, there’s a lot of people who knew about labels. One of them encountered Jesus while in a lifestyle so “colorful” the … Continue reading

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