Can God Use Discord?

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.” Matthew 23:13 Are you living around someone contentious? If so, you’re probably dreaming of deliverance – either for them […]

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‘You Poor Thing!’

Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 Self-loathing plagues the church. Because I know that there was once a chasm between God and me, that shouldn’t erode my present view of myself. I shouldn’t wonder how God could, and will, love me if I have so far […]

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Thorns of Worry

Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. Matthew 13:7, 22  Georgia is my home and though I’m a New England […]

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What Is That In Your Hand?

Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” Mark 1:16-17 Ron’s father, Jack Wyrtzen, was a well-known evangelist. His sermons were simple […]

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The Deliverer

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.  Galatians 5:1 None of us likes the idea of being yoked to anyone or anything; it repels.  The thought conjures up images of slavery and God did not create us to […]

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When We Need To Re-live Beautiful Moments

Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before Him.  Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, sir.”  And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.  Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”  John 8:9-11 Jesus did not […]

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The Yoke of Slavery

I am the Lord your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you to upright. Leviticus 26:13 When ‘yoke’ is used, especially in the O.T., it speaks of slavery or bondage to an […]

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The Yoke of Shame

Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin. Romans 4:7-8 Every person is born with a sense of shame because of Adam and Eve’s sin. We know we are flawed and are therefore shy before a holy […]

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You Can Thrive

“Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13:8,23 […]

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The Mistakes of 2019

Failure.  It’s instinctive to handle it poorly.  Because of that, it’s impossible to see 2020 as a clean slate if I’m not at peace with my yesterdays. What are the wrong ways to handle failure?  There are at least two. 1. Underestimate it. When I do, I fail to see it as God sees it.  […]

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