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Shining Stars for Christ

Shining Stars for Christ

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life — in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. Philippians 2:14-16 Say what? “Do everything without complaining or arguing?” Wow! Seems like some folks can’t be happy unless they’re griping or fussing. Unfortunately, some days I may be one of them. How about you? Are you a […]

How to Respond to Conflict in the Church

How to Respond to Conflict in the Church

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Galatians 5:16 Inevitably there is and will be conflict in the church. Far too often these conflicts lead to broken relationships, broken hearts, and broken churches. Certainly there are times when a church needs to be shaken because it is not properly serving under the Lordship of Christ. More often, however, the cause of the turmoil is disagreements between people that have little to do with upholding right doctrine and proper ministry. In such times personal self-desires take priority over God’s desires. In […]

Why You Should Hold Onto the Lord’s Truth

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 Recently, the old TV Game Show, To Tell The Truth, was revived. More than likely you’ve seen it. Three mystery people represent themselves as having the same unique story or identity. It’s up to the panel of judges to determine which of the three are telling the truth. The panel asks questions in an effort to determine who is lying and who is telling the truth. […]

Love Test for Christians

Love Test for Christians

“If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”  1 John 4:20-21 Since our earliest days we have undergone testing for just about everything imaginable. We have undergone academic tests, medical exams, personality profiles, and more. I’ve noticed lately that there are pop culture personality tests that supposedly reveal certain personality traits or tendencies. Among them there is the Barbie Doll test. […]

Christ’s Ambassadors of Reconciliation

Christ's Ambassadors of Reconciliation

…that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 Good relationships can turn on a dime. Two people who were once inseparable now want nothing to do with one another. Affinity is replaced by enmity, love turns to hate, and mutual trust has been eradicated. Unfortunately, broken relationships are an all too common reality of life. Unless someone […]

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