Shallow or Deep?

“If you listen to the Word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you […]

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Purpose in Life

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.  Long before we first heard of Christ, … he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in evrything and everyone.  Ephesians 1:11 (Msg) God has […]

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Living with Confidence

“Perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18) “Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God”  (1 John 3:21) “And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.  By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through […]

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Stand Up and Stand Out

“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9a God’s purpose is for His people (those who are His true followers) to stand out in the world.  We are to be set apart and distinct as we live in this […]

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Alive in Christ

As Christ-followers, we are commanded and warned to stay focused, alert, mindful, and watchful. We are to fix our minds and set our thoughts on certain things. We face several challenges: By nature, our minds and hearts are prone to wander. We have jobs and tasks that demand our attention. We have an enemy whose […]

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Perspective on Success

The following insights from Dr. Jim Denison (Denison Forum, January 9, 2018) are an excellent reminder of the difference between success and significance. “I would say my poise comes from my faith. I just pray for peace.” That’s how Alabama’s freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa explained his amazing calm in leading his team to an incredible […]

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Setting Goals

Are you a goal-setter?  Each year at this time, I reflect on last year’s goals and set goals for the new year.  But before I do, I start by reading James 4:13-17, “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business […]

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Mighty God Comes to Earth

Hundreds of years ago, God spoke through the prophet Isaiah these words: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 Mary, the mother of […]

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The Secret to Contentment

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do […]

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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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