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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 […]

This Little Light of Mine

This Little Light of Mine

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 Remember the children’s Bible song, This Little Light of Mine? You know the next phrase, right? “I’m gonna let it shine.” Simple. Memorable. Effective. In fact, that catchy tune and its easy to remember lyrics present a powerful Biblical message. But I wonder if it’s so simple, we miss the point. We reflect the light of Christ. He is the light of the world. And it is the mission of His followers to illuminate the world with the light of the gospel. Recently, […]

When You’re Gone, What Will They Say About You Then?

When You're Gone, What Will They Say About You Then?

The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot. Proverbs 10:7 Who has been a blessing to you? What name (s) comes to mind? Possibly your parents, a close family member or friend, a sibling, or your spouse. But have you considered your epitaph? What will they say about your when you’re gone? In my role as pastor, I often sat with the bereaved soon after losing loved ones. In those times, much was said about the character and behavior of the deceased. Favorite memories were shared on the positive qualities of the […]

When Your Attempt to Resolve Conflict Fails

When Your Attempt to Resolve Conflict Fails

Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; Psalm 26:2 Despite your best efforts to resolve conflict, sometimes the offended person will refuse your good intentions. Sadly, there are individuals who will carry animosity and bitterness to their graves. They will not forgive or forget. When I was in the Navy, I made friends with a trumpet player from Detroit. One day on the band’s tour bus, we were joking and laughing — as usual. In the midst of our fun, I said something he didn’t like. From that moment on, he hated me. Vowed to beat […]

How to Resolve Conflict, Part 3

How to Resolve Conflict, Part 3

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 Why devote so much time to resolving conflict? Because peacemaking shows us to be “children of God.” Jesus is the supreme peacemaker, reconciling man to God. As His followers, we are to be instruments of peace. Some people seem to enjoy causing trouble. They are by nature volatile agitators. And they prey on those they perceive to be weak. To live as Christ commanded is to be humble, gentle, and non-combative. But that should never be construed as weakness. In fact, when we handle life’s conflicts and […]

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