Consider The Worst Part

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn.  Isaiah 51:1 When Jesus talked with the woman at the well in Samaria, He took intentional steps to prepare her to receive Truth.  They began […]

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Living In The Middle

“You cannot serve God and money. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you […]

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What’s The Difference?

And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not. Malachi 3:18 God tells His people that when they are in heaven, they will ‘again’ see the distinction between righteous and the wicked. “Far be it from me”, God says way back […]

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AGE AND PERSPECTIVE

The brothers sent a message to Joseph, saying, ‘Your father gave this command before he died. Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.” ‘ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servant of the God of your Father.” Joseph wept when they […]

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You’re Not The Only One Who Cares

Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes. Nehemiah 4:14 I was thinking this morning about Lot’s family in the book of Genesis. They didn’t appear to have a deep and abiding relationship with God.  […]

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Testing ~ The Subject We Avoid

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” Genesis 22:1 I’ve spoken with three women, just this week, who believe God is testing them. He’s led each of them into the wilderness and the pain and pressure seem unbearable. Whether I am a new Christian or […]

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Why Can’t I See Him?

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 Purity and defilement are polar opposites. A pure heart sees God. A defiled heart does not. A pure heart has a cleansed conscience. A defiled heart has a seared one. Can I achieve purity of heart with mere mental discipline? Not remotely. […]

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When Satan Pours On The Heat

And when the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time. Luke 4:13 I find that temptation rarely comes on a good day. I would have more resources to resist. Temptation comes when I’m worn down, when I’ve lost a night’s sleep, when I’m grieving something, or when I’m stressed […]

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Application, Not Theory.

So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the Word of Christ.  Romans 10:17 Life-saving advice means that what was shared with me was so valuable that I couldn’t wait to go away and apply it.  I have complete confidence in it. One of the meanings for faith, in the Greek, is ‘to have complete […]

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Threatened By The Bread Jesus Offers

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him.  So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”  John 6:66-67 What caused the crowd following Jesus to turn aside?  It was Jesus’ words about eating His flesh and drinking His blood.  They were content to […]

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