Hope in Christ

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for […]

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Make It Count

Imagine yourself standing beside a stream with a fast flowing current. You toss a small twig into the stream and watch it float away. That’s a fairly accurate picture of how easily we are caught in the current of our culture. Much effort and intentionality are required to go against the natural flow of the […]

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All In

In sports, “all-in” means giving it your best, and then some.  In marriage, “all-in” means, “I’m yours and you’re mine until death do us part.”  In poker, “all-in” means you are willing to risk everything to win the hand.  Full tilt!  Likewise, God calls us to be “all-in” in how we live and work.  Give […]

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What Do You Do?

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  (Colossians 4:5-6) How do you answer that question?  Most of us have learned how to give the 30 second or […]

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This is God’s Will

“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Nestled in Paul’s teaching to believers in Thessalonica on how to relate to one another, are three simple yet profound truths, that if applied, will radically change your life.-Rejoice always-Pray without ceasing-Give thanks […]

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Be Prepared

“In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”  1 Peter 3:15 Are you prepared to give an answer to people when they inquire about your attitude? […]

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Spiritual Intensity

According to the following two passages, what mattered most to Paul? “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24). “Whatever […]

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The Path to Healthy Relationships

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”  (Ephesians 4:32)  We recently attended a wedding and the pastor said to the young couple, “This day is the easiest day you will have in marriage.”  I heard chuckles and a few “amens” from several in attendance, and […]

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I Got This!

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”  (Psalm 46:10)  We all face difficult situations.  No one is immune.  Our natural reaction is to tighten our jaw, steady ourselves and face the storm with determination and grit.  We often respond to […]

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Consequences of a Cover up

“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  (John 8:31-32)  We have all done something we shouldn’t have done, and then tried to cover it up with a lie. One of the more famous accounts in the […]

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