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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 […]

No Room for Prejudice in the Church

No Room for Prejudice in the Church

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26-28 In today’s scripture the Apostle Paul addresses bias in his world that carried into the church. The church was to be a place of inclusion…and not exclusion. His point is that all Christians have been given the same position in Christ and are viewed by God as His children (“You are all sons of […]

5 Powerful Words for Meeting Every Challenge

5 Powerful Words for Meeting Every Challenge

In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:5-6 Have you ever been in such a difficult situation you thought you would not survive? Have you ever experienced suffering so great you thought it would consume you? In today’s selected scripture, the psalmist describes a condition that many of us have experienced when he uses the word “anguish” which can be defined as excruciating or acute distress, suffering, or pain. Most often “anguish” is temporary. Several years […]

What You Should Be When You Grow Up

What You Should Be When You Grow Up

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16 One of our favorite questions to ask a child is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My oldest son wanted to be a “scien-tis-tist.” Many parents have designs on what they want their children to “be.” I never really thought in terms of a specific vocation for my sons. My primary concern was in regards to their character. I wanted them to “be good.” The rest would take care […]

How to Accumulate and Hold onto Real Wealth

How to Accumulate and Hold onto Real Wealth

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 In 2008 we were hit with a global financial crisis. Many people saw their retirement savings wiped out seemingly overnight. What followed was a severe economic decline marked by record unemployment, home foreclosures, and a radical decline in the standard of living. Financial […]

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