Immanuel

Finally we have arrived at our favorite time of the year as a family…Christmas time! We wait all year to get out those lights and decorations that mark the beginning of Christmas for us. We love the sights. We love the smells.  We love the tastes. We love the sharing with family and friends. But […]

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Glorious Freedom

We talk a lot about freedom – Jesus came to set the captives free, and if the Son has set you free you are free indeed!  But did you ever consider the height, width and depth of this freedom? I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be […]

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Spiritual Snobs

Spiritual snobs are everywhere.  Have you seen any lately?  Do you know what a spiritual snob looks like?  At times, you may see one looking at you in the mirror! We are all spiritual snobs by nature; it’s woven deep into our sinful DNA.  We like to judge others on everything from lifestyle to looks […]

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It’s Not About Being Good

Far too many in the church today believe Jesus saved them to make them “good”. They’re missing altogether the deeper message of our salvation.  They have reduced the Bible to a book of rules and shrunk their faith to a “things-to-do” list.  For those who may be trapped in this gross misunderstanding of the Christian […]

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The Blinding of Believers

The devil is on the prowl for unbelievers; he is busily engaged in keeping them in utter darkness.   2 Corinthians 4:4 states, “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” […]

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Dependent Independence

This month in America we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. July 4th is a legal holiday celebrating the anniversary of the beginnings of national independence of the Colonists from the authority of the British Crown. As important as this day is in the life of our great nation for independence, […]

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Faith and the Functional Atheist

At first glance, faith in Jesus Christ and the beliefs of the functional atheist seem as far apart as the east is from the west. But upon closer inspection, we see that everyone who professes faith in Christ does, at times, live like a functional atheist. A functional atheist is someone who professes faith in […]

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The Impotence of Personal Power

There was a season in my life when I was immersed in the field of personal development. I was a serious student of some of the most popular and sought after self-help teachers in the world. I studied the stuff; I taught it; I believed it! I had amassed a sizeable library of audio and […]

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There’s More to Life than Increasing Its Speed!

“There’s more to life,” Mahatma Gandhi once said, “than increasing its speed.”  That one statement has done a lot to help keep my priorities straight.  There was a time when I found my identity in the pace of my performance.  I figured if a fast pace was good…ramming speed was better.  It was better for […]

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What Kind Of God Do They Think You Serve?

Henry Drummond once remarked, “How many prodigals are kept out of the kingdom of God by the unlovely characters of those who profess to be inside!” To be sure, the statement is not theologically precise, but the point rings out loud and clear. The way we live our lives, our behaviors, our language, our kindness, […]

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