The Rainbow Rule

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“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” — Matthew 7:12 NIV The Golden Rule…

Straighten Up and Lift Your Head

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First the pandemic, now this war on the Ukraine. Many are terrified of one thing or another. Many are lamenting the state of our world. Yet, what is the Christian…

Despising and Rejecting Jesus Today

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The prophet Isaiah predicted that Jesus would be, “despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he…

My Sister

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To be honest, today is a day I feel pretty ambivalent about.  Today my sister, Jean comes to stay with my wife and I for the next six months. The…

Keeping the Faith in the Last Days

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Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. — Revelation 14:12 NKJV In these last days, do you…

How to Hear the Voice of the Lord (Part 3)

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My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me..." — John 10:27 KJV This is the third and final part of my series called How To Hear…

Identity: Woven Into Our DNA

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“You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. … My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. ……

Finding Joy From Loss

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“Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” — John 16:20 NIV Father and…

How to Hear the Voice of the Lord (Part 2)

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 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me..." — John 10:27 KJV Last month I shared about the truth revealed in God’s Word that tells…

Building on the Rock

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I remember, as a child, singing “The Wise Man Built His House Upon a Rock.”  The song is based on Jesus’ parable in Matthew chapter seven and teaches a spiritual…

Called to Worship

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out…

Highlight Reel

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“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your…

Forgiveness May Be the Break You Need

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Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. — Colossians 3:13 NIV Hard Climates Ever…

Faith to Triumph Over Every Fear

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fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right…

Five Ways to Become a More Positive, Purposeful Parent 

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Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. — Exodus 20:12 NIV Parenting is a tough…

Speaking Truth about Gender with Grace

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Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. — Colossians 4:6 ESV Megan's Dilemma Megan called me…

How to Hear the Voice of the Lord (Part 1)

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“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; — John 10:27 NASB Longing to Hear His Voice In 1981, the Lord saved me and gave…

There’s a Log in Your Eye!

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1 “Do not judge, so that you will not be judged. 2 For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 Why…

It is a fearful thing to fall out of the hands of the church

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It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. — Hebrews 10:31 Warnings and Encouragement Jonathan Edwards seared this text into the church’s memory with…

Clay Jars and Eternal Glory

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7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every…

Finding Peace When Life Is Stressful

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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” —…

We’re All Sick

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Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers…

Paul’s Encouragement to the Thessalonian Believers…and to Us

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Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the…

How Are Your Flocks?

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Know the state of your flocks and put your heart into caring for your herds. — Proverbs 27:23 NLT Timeless Word of God I read this verse on a cold…

Whispering “Sex”

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Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. — James…

Love Glasses

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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will…

The Precious Death of Believers

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Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. — Psalm 116:15 ESV That Unexpected Call I thought I’d be doing a number of things during…

Running Your Race Well

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Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. — 1 Corinthians…

Anger—Righteous Indignation or Selfish Retaliation?

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Anger and Sin Do you ever get angry? Is it okay to be angry or is it sinful to get angry? The apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, "In your…

Origin of The Bible

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Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but…

The Certain Reach of Christ’s Kingdom

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And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when…

Resolving Guilt

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And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: — John 16:8 ESV The Danger of Unresolved Guilt We all experience guilt, yet we…

Put It Down

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But the sons of Israel acted unfaithfully in regard to the things under the ban, for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, from…

Are You Roasting Your Prey?

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A lazy person does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a person is diligence. — Proverbs 12:27 NASB Let's Talk About Work We’re nearing the end (hopefully) of…

On Fasting

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16 “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have…

The Search for Fulfillment

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“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” — Psalm 16:11 NIV Fourteen-year-old…

Tools For Renewing My Mind

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Therefore I urge you, brothers , by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, your spiritual service of worship. And…

Demon or Holy Spirit Possession?

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“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” — 1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV God's Promises When we accept Jesus as…

What to Do in a Time of Crisis

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11 Then David and all the men with him took hold of their clothes and tore them. 12 They mourned and wept and fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan, and…

A Stern Warning from a Farmer Turned Prophet

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¹⁴ Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is. ¹⁵ Hate evil, love good; maintain…

Spotted Sheep: Science Proves Weird Bible Story True

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The Bible informs us that God is our Creator, the Builder of reality, and He reveals Himself in what He has made: For since the creation of the world God’s…

Holy Spirit: A Post-Pentecost Reminder

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To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according…

“Love and Fear?”

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. — Proverbs 9:10 NIV God's Purpose? Growing up, my friend Sean’s dad…

Our Post-Everything World: The New Dangers of Deceptive Philosophies and Human Traditions

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See to it that there is no one who takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception in accordance with human tradition, in accordance with the elementary principles of the…

Grave Clothes: The Testimony of Dennis Jernigan

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Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and…

Laughter, Health, and God’s Law

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The Bible says that “a merry heart does good, like medicine” (Proverbs 17:22 NKJV) and “for the happy heart, life is a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15 NLT). What Science Says…

3 Ways to Reduce Mom Stress

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Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:7 NIV Stress Check Recently I asked a group of moms to answer this question:  What’s…

The Finisher

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For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. — Philippians 1:6 NASB…

Our Praiseworthy God

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Psalm 147 1 Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! 2 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he…

Slay Your “What If” Worries

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Two little words can have a profound impact on your state of mind: “What if”. “What if” worries can fill our minds with so much noise they drown out our…