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It Bears Repeating

For the Faithful, the Truth bears Repeating Ever heard you pastor preach a sermon that you could swear he has preached before? You listen carefully and you are fairly certain this isn’t just the same topic, but it seems like he is actually preaching the same sermon, word for word. Here is a little secret […]

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Trust but Verify

Doveryai, no proveryai – Trust but Verify It is not just a nice Russian proverb. It is solid advice that spans cultures and generations. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trust,_but_verify) Long before Ronald Reagan learned this simple, yet powerful proverb, the concept behind it was used in Synagogues when dealing with prophets. Jesus encountered this when he went to the […]

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Ministry, Scripture

Why do Christians suffer?

As a Christian, why do we suffer? The answer to this is not a simple one. There is no one easy answer to why a Christian may suffer. There are actually many reasons why a child of God may find himself or herself in the midst of suffering. Out of all the reasons (no, I […]

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Listen!

Listen. Listen! Hannah, one of my favorite adopted daughters loves to say this. I love saying it back to her. Normally, though, she says this after someone makes a remark that she doesn’t like. Me: Is it even physically possible for you to put down your phone? Hannah: Listen! It is said in such a […]

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Ministry, Worship

Footprints in the Sand: The story of footprints on the beach of my life

Footprints in the Sand There is a wonderful poem, attributed to at least a few people, that has evolved and changed over the years, which many Christians love and have found hope through. From my research, there seems to be a few different versions of it written by different people, which is not surprising to […]

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Perspective: In considering Scripture and in living out life, we must keep things in perspective

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18) While I love a good quote, I’m not in the habit of quoting people like Neil deGrasse Tyson. However, this time I really feel the need […]

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How not to preach Christianity

My dear Wormwood, … Certainly we do not want men to allow their Christianity to flow over into their political life, for the establishment of anything like a really just society would be a major disaster. On the other hand we do want, and want very much, to make men treat Christianity as a means; […]

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Ministry, Worship

Let the Children Come to Me, and Do Not Hinder Them

A couple of things here that our churches really need to remember: First, when it comes to the children, you need to back up. When they are coming to church, you need to get out of the way. Furthermore, you need to make sure there are no obstacles between them and Jesus. Let me make this perfectly clear: […]

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Ministry, Scripture

Love Fulfills the Law

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love […]

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A Disciple is a Learner, a Student

At the sermon on the mount, the disciples came to Jesus, and he began to teach them (Matthew 5:1). It seems to me that there is a danger in Christians not seeing themselves as disciples, as students. However, the truth is our learning is just beginning the day the Holy Spirit reveals the truth to […]

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