Is God Faithful?

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” ~ Lamentations 3:22-24 There is a lot going on in the life of the church today.  More people than ever are being…

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Die to Sin, Live unto Christ

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above,Where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear…

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Be Encouraged

“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to…

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Where is our Hope

“Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”?  Have you not known? Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.  He…

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Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 6)

“Help me, O Lord my God!Save me according to your steadfast love!Let them know that this is your hand; you, O Lord, have done it!Let them curse, but you will bless!They arise and are put to shame, but your servant will be glad!May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a cloak!”~ Psalm 109:26-29…

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Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 4)

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” ~ Psalm 23:6 Reading and praying the Psalms can be one of the most rewarding experiences in the life of a believer.  Like the rest of the scriptures, it is written to us…

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Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 3)

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” ~ Psalm 19:14 I have heard a saying that goes something like this: “You’re either moving into a storm, in the midst of a storm, or coming out of a storm.”  I have found…

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Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 2)

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.” ~ Psalm 100:1 Psalm 100 is one of my favorite passages of scripture.  It’s short, encouraging, and a fireball of exhortation to God’s people to praise.  As I mentioned in our Be Encouraged post yesterday, I find myself enraptured in the Psalms frequently, and often times can relate…

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Be Encouraged: Praying the Psalms (Part 1)

“Praise the Lord.  I will extol the Lord with all my heart    in the council of the upright and in the assembly.” ~ Psalm 111:1 In his book “Exploring the Old Testament,” Ernest C. Lucas says that while all of the Words of Scripture speak to us, the Psalms speak for us.  They are prayers lifted up from all walks…

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Love Your Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If…

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Take a time-out!

“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 We have learned a lot from our Coronavirus days.  Life came to a screeching…

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It’s Time For a Change

“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You…

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Death is not the end

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory?    Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks…

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Time to Pray!

As many of you have seen, over the past couple of weeks there has been unrest and violence all over our nation.  In addition to this, we are meeting together this week for services for the first time. Today, instead of writing a lengthy article that may take you five or so minutes to read,…

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We all run somewhere

Most of my days tend to be incredibly busy.  Whether it’s getting school done, doing ministry things, or spending time with family or friends, I tend to have a packed schedule.  I would assume that all of you are in the same boat.  Life tends to be crazy busy, but what happens when the busyness…

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The Power of Prayer

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.”                                                             ~ Acts 4:31 When I read the book of Acts, I am often moved by the faith and obedience of the early church.  Through incredible persecution, they…

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When You Experience Anxiety…

“Do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”                                                             ~ Matthew 6:31-33 About 10…

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It’s time to Unite

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your…

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Leaving A Legacy

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well”                                                             ~ 2 Timothy 1:5 An amazing apologist and evangelist named Ravi Zacharias lost his battle to cancer at the age of 74 this week. …

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Waiting here for you

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”~ Psalm 27:14 No one likes to wait.  We live in a day when we can have dinner microwaved in 3.5 minutes and have someone else change our oil in less than 20…or our money back!However, we’ve all been in…

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Proverbs 7

“My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you;Keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye.”~ Proverbs 7:1-2 In American culture, high school graduation has become a rite of passage into adulthood.  We’ve always attended graduation ceremonies with fog horns, posters, and with anticipation for the…

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My Bible can do what?

What you hold in your hands is something powerful.  The Bible is more than a good book, it’s more than a New York Times Bestseller, it’s more than a great motivational tool, it goes deeper into the human soul than the philosophy of Plato, it penetrates the human heart more powerfully than the writings of…

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Refocus, Repent, Relish

These are three words that I needed to hear today.  I sat in my chair this morning on a video conference in a weekly Bible study with close friends, and in the midst of conversation realized that I had failed.  I failed to take advantage of these past several weeks to do some things around…

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When Sorrow is More Than I Can Bear

“Preserve me, O God, for in You I take refuge.”     ~ Psalm16:1 Have you ever felt that your circumstances are more than you can bear? About 10 years ago I experienced what I can only describe as a dark night of the soul. At the time, Becky and I were working at a…

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Who Are You Listening To?

“The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.”~ Psalm 46:6 You are undoubtedly hearing many voices right now. Social media and news outlets are rife with opinions, comments, so-called “facts”, and keyboard warriors who believe everyone else is wrong (or right if people agree with them). However, the solution to…

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A Stone of Remembrance

“Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, ‘Till now the Lord has helped us.’” ~ 1 Samuel 7:12I’ve heard it said many times before (and I believe it) that this will be a time we will remember for generations to come.…

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When Your Faith Seems Dry

Psalm 42 & 63 “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” ~ Psalm 42:1-2a We’ve all been through a time where our faith seems as dry as desert air. In these seasons, we may feel as though God…

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You are called to be salty!

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”When we surrender our lives over to Jesus Christ, something changes inside of us.  We become something different.  This…

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Hope in the midst of uncertainty

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1I love this verse for many reasons, but two stand out today. First, God is always faithful. In Jesus Christ, there is another reality to look forward to that we cannot even fathom, let alone see with our…

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