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Walking the High Wire of Faith

Walking the High Wire of Faith

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverbs 3:5 Faith can often become a tightrope, especially in those times when you have no choice but to trust God. Have you ever been in a bad job situation? Your future with the company is in doubt. Layoffs have already begun and you could be next. But you can’t survive without that job and can’t imagine finding anything to replace it. Oh, you might find another position somewhere, but matching the income and benefits would be near impossible. So there you are on the high […]

The Strong-Willed Child of God

The Strong-Willed Child of God

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 My boys are as different as night and day. As children, one was compliant and the other was strong-willed. I love both of them equally, but motivating and teaching them requires differing approaches. What worked for one didn’t work for the other. The same can be said of God’s children. Some of us are compliant; strive to follow his commands, apply spiritual principles […]

Dear Christian, the Best is Yet to Come

Dear Christian, the Best is Yet to Come

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3 We’re given two directives in our focus text. Set your hearts on things above Set your minds on things above Both points mean essentially the same thing. Think about that place where Christ is and don’t dwell on earthly things. Seems simple enough. But is that really what we […]

Meet the New and Eternally Improved You

Meet the New and Eternally Improved You

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin — Romans 6:6 Have you ever mastered something? For example: woodworking, oil painting, playing a musical instrument. An advanced academic certification is called a Master’s Degree. Mastery indicates superior knowledge and skills; the ability to do what novices can’t. Mastering a skill or professional discipline is a considerable accomplishment. If you have done that, congratulations. It didn’t come easily. You worked for it and deserve recognition. But have you […]

Is Your Church an Accepting Church

Is Your Church an Accepting Church

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:7 I saw an interview recently, in which a wealthy man had built a doomsday fortress and he was only inviting those who agreed with him politically to join him in the event of a cataclysmic event. The bottom line: he was only willing to accept those who thought like him. Consider the experience of the early church as Jews and Gentiles embraced the faith and worshipped together. Just as in our world today, they came from backgrounds accustomed to excluding others who were […]

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