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Grace, Grace… Now Get to Work?

Paul wrote Ephesians from prison. Seems fitting when you consider the overarching tone of the letter… Chapters 1-3 read like chains falling off and prison doors swinging wide open by the power of scandalous, justifying grace. Chapters 4-6 read like they are describing how to enjoy your newfound freedom, glorifying the One who freed you […]

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Faith in the Face of Fire

It’s something to be a person of integrity with good moral standing, a law-abiding citizen, respected by your family members, coworkers and peers. “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold” (Proverbs 22:1) Some men would die to maintain their name, reputation or family reputation. […]

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The Art of Encouragement

It’s easy to become discouraged in life. When the car breaks down again, when you’re worn out from work and its only Tuesday, when you’re struggling with the same sin, when people are difficult to work with, when your health is failing, when you continually hear of tragic events in the news, it seems like […]

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Shortest Verse . . .  Deepest Meaning!

As I’ve trained student athletes over the years, I have enjoyed asking them for their favorite memory verse. Invariably, the majority of them would be quick to recite from memory the shortest verse in all of sacred Scripture, John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” I find it quite remarkable that our Lord Jesus Christ wept. However, it’s […]

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A Picture of Love

  Whether it’s Fathers Day, Mothers Day or any other major holiday, one of the most popular gifts to give to your loved ones is a picture. Kids often draw pictures and others print and frame pictures because pictures have a way of capturing moments of love and communicating deep feelings of love. As people […]

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The Lord My Stronghold

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” (Psalm 18:2 NIV). Psalm 18 is said to be a Psalm of David that was written when the Lord delivered him from the hand of […]

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Why Perfection Uses Imperfection!

Have you ever wondered why God the Father, who is perfect in every way, would use imperfect people to accomplish His purposes in this world? I have (perhaps because of the many glaring imperfections I see in myself), and the answer God gave me was pretty simple: that’s all He has available to Him. We […]

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On the Resurrection-Just the Facts, Ma’am

If Jesus Christ walked out of His tomb after His death, then certainly everything He said about Himself — that He is the Lord, the way, the truth and the life—would all receive a stamp of approval. Why should we listen to Jesus? Because He was dead, and then He was alive. He showed Himself […]

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Shame on You

Shame is a terrible emotion to feel about yourself. It is not simply that I have done something bad, but I am bad.  Many people have a shamed based identity. Their selftalk is constantly reminding them they are wrong, a mistake, inadequate, and unlovable. This outlook is a major reason they are not overcomers in […]

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Longevity

“You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer” (Job 14:5, NLT). As Christians, we know that God has appointed our days. However, it is fascinating to study cultures such as the Okinawans, inhabitants of a coral ringed island south […]

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