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When Faith in Jesus Turns to Fear

When Faith in Jesus Turns to Fear

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31 You remember the story. Jesus surprised His disciples by walking on water to their boat. Peter was so excited he climbed out of the boat to meet the Lord. Then he began to sink and Jesus “reached out his hand and caught him.” What caused Peter to sink? He was, after all, successfully walking on water. In the previous verse, we find the answer. … when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, […]

Jesus Saves and Keeps You Saved

Jesus Saves and Keeps You Saved

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25 I grew up in a time when we never locked our doors. No way we would be so careless today. In fact, security and alarm systems have become big business. As a child, I was allowed to ride my bike or walk all over town. Come to think of it, I can’t even recall a crime committed in my hometown. Surely, there must have been something, but lawbreaking wasn’t one of the things we worried about. Our […]

Christ in You, The Hope of Glory

Christ in You, The Hope of Glory

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. Colossians 1:27-28 Mystery religions were popular in Paul’s day. Only elite insiders were privy to the secrets of their chosen deities. I liken it to an exclusive club for religious pretenders. And since Paul was talking to a predominantly Gentile group of believers, he spoke in terms they could understand. The one […]

Are Your Faith Roots Showing

Are Your Faith Roots Showing

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:6-8 We received Christ Jesus as Lord through faith. Paul admonishes us to “continue to live…in Him.”  Rooted. Built up. Strengthened in the faith as we were taught and “overflowing with […]

Christians Stumble but They Don’t Have to Fall

Christians Stumble but They Don't Have to Fall

23 The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand. Psalm 37:23-24 A short time ago, I suffered a severe case of vertigo and dizziness. For several days, I did a lot of stumbling. It was anything but fun, and I hope it never happens again. Fortunately, despite the wobbliness, I didn’t fall. That experience helped me to appreciate the powerful promise in Psalm 37.23-24 that addresses spiritual stumbling. Yes, even when endeavoring to walk with God, we can still stump […]

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