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Heaven is Worth the Wait

As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. James 5:11 I’m not what you would call a horticulturalist. If not for my wife’s love of plants and flowers, I would never have learned to enjoy the beauty of nature. I’ve even learned to identify certain varieties of flowers and have a few favorites. One of the most amazing perennials is the peony. But it’s not the best choice for the impatient gardener. It takes two […]

Dress for Success

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 My friend, Kurt Kilpatrick, is a member of the National Speaker’s Association. He once told me of a group within his profession who were Dress for Success advocates. Obviously, they were easy to spot at any meeting. Perfectly coiffed and immaculately dressed. Suitable for display in any upscale department store window. Now, when you dress for success, you’re not doing it solely for the benefit of others. You feel better about yourself, more confident. If you want to be a winner, […]

What It Means to be a Temple of the Holy Spirit

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 You’ve probably heard the old weight-gain joke, “My body is a temple. I’m adding a parking lot.” But the directive to treat our bodies as a temple is no laughing matter. A temple is a place of worship. As Christians, the Holy Spirit lives within us and with these bodies we offer praise to God. There’s an […]

You Can’t Fake Your Way Into Heaven

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 Have you ever met a loving, caring, and morally decent person who later turned out to be a fraud? In our focus text, the Apostle Paul calls attention to three important aspects of Christian behavior, the first of which has to do with how we are to love. “Love must be sincere.” Don’t just go through the motions. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not. For you and me, love must be genuine. There’s an old expression that’s often used in business. “Fake it ‘til you […]

How God Works for Us Behind the Scenes

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20 These are the words of Joseph in response to his brothers’ request for mercy. Their intent to harm him had failed and Joseph had become the second most powerful leader in Egypt. Out of jealousy, they sold him into slavery. But God had a different plan for Joseph’s life. In Romans 8:31, Paul writes, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” God uses us for His good purposes and blesses us DESPITE the evil […]

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