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Time to Polish the Golden Rule

Time to Polish the Golden Rule

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.“ Matthew 7:12 How do you want me to treat you? While you consider your response I’ll tell you how I want to be treated. You can start by being… nice to me. I would also like you to be courteous, kind, honest, fair, friendly, warm, and pleasant. When you do act kindly toward me please do it without underlying motives. Please be genuine. Just so you know, occasionally I make mistakes. In those times I would really like […]

How to Avoid Temptation

How to Avoid Temptation

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 Maybe I’ve missed, it but I don’t hear much talk about “temptation” anymore. Could it be that it is no longer considered a valid concern in our “as long as it feels good do it” world? At the risk of sounding like an old dude or your parents, I’m going to devote […]

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. […]

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