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Finding and Replacing Your Idols

What is an idol?  It is anything that has become more important to you than God, anything that dominates your thinking more than God.  We can make an idol out of anything, and we do.  Idol-making is a natural process, for every human longs to live for something, therefore we continually search for some idea, […]

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Be Intentional with Your Life

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”  (Ephesians 5:15-16) I love what John Piper wrote in the preface to his book, Don’t Waste Your Life. “You are in one of two groups: You are either a Christian, or […]

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Pride, the Root of Every Sin and Evil

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever […]

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Something from Nothing

“God created the world out of nothing, and so long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.” – Martin Luther “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. He who loves […]

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God Gives Charisma to His Own

“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…” (Romans 12:6) When a person becomes a part of God’s family, he or she is given gifts from God.  The Greek word used in the New Testament for these gifts is “charismata,” from which […]

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Riding or Driving?

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”  John 10:27 When traveling in a car, do you prefer driving or being the passenger? Several people I know, especially “Type A” personalities like me, prefer driving because we like to be in control. The passenger role is a difficult spot. Think […]

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Why Was Jesus Born in a Barn?

Why was Jesus born in a barn alongside stinky animals?  Why was his birth announcement given to lowly shepherds rather than important high ranking officials?  Why was he born in an obscure village to an unknown girl and carpenter? I don’t claim to have all the answers surrounding the birth of Jesus, but God certainly […]

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Free to Take Risks

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”  John 8:36 The beauty of the Gospel is that it leads to true freedom.  Freedom from what? Free for what purpose? Prior to becoming part of God’s family, we are bound or enslaved in sin and selfishness. We make decisions based on what we […]

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Talk is Cheap

Sometimes we are like the apostle Peter before the resurrection, who boldly claimed “I will never deny you Lord.  I am ready to go to prison and to death.” (Luke 22:33)  Jesus knew better, saying “Peter, you will deny me three times on this day alone.”  In other words, talk is cheap.  Claims are just […]

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How To Know When You Are Dying

Then he said to them all: “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23) Jesus  clearly taught that to be His follower, we MUST deny ourselves and daily die to our selfish nature.  We relinquish our right to be in control.  […]

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