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Where to Find Peace for All of Life’s Storms

Where to Find Peace for All of Life’s Storms

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16  Weather reporting is big business. Local TV stations pay out big bucks for high-tech gadgets to improve the accuracy of their predictions. We have weather apps for our phones. They enable us to watch for  changing weather patterns and approaching storms. Back in the day, TV weather reporters used a map and crayons for their forecasts. We’ve come a long way since their drawings of stickmen with umbrellas. My grandparents relied on the Farmer’s Almanac to predict […]

What It Means to be Yoked Together with Unbelievers

What It Means to be Yoked Together with Unbelievers

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 You and I don’t do a lot of “yoking” these days. But in Paul’s day, his directive, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers,” was easily understood. For the Jewish Christians it had scriptural basis as in Deuteronomy 22:10. “Do not plow with an ox and a donkey yoked together.” And for the Gentile believers, yoking was commonplace, something they saw every day. A yoke is a curved wooden bar that fits across the necks of […]

How We Deceive Ourselves

How We Deceive Ourselves

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 Did you know a third of college graduates never work in the fields in which they were trained? That’s not a bad thing. We by necessity go where we can find jobs. Sometimes those careers turn out better than following earlier aspirations. I am a trained musician, but only four years of my life were devoted to that profession. One day I realized that it wasn’t in my best long-term interest to follow that dream. There’s nothing wrong with abandoning dreams and vocations for […]

What It Means to Belong to Jesus

What It Means to Belong to Jesus

Jesus Christ gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:14 Acceptance is vitally important to all of us. If you don’t think that’s true, change the first word in the opening sentence to rejection. Have you ever met anyone who valued rejection? It’s just not in us. We need to belong. I recently had a discussion with a girl in middle school. She said that in grades 1 through 5, everybody liked everybody. But when she moved up to the […]

The Difference Between Sins of Commission and Omission

The Difference Between Sins of Commission and Omission

12 But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. 13 Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. 14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:12-14 Vetting means to conduct a thorough examination of someone’s background, behavior, and performance to determine his or her worthiness and suitability for a job. It is extreme scrutiny leaving no stone unturned. In our focus text, David conducts the highest […]

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