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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How to Know God’s Plan and Purpose

“A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of understanding draws it out.” Proverbs 20:5 I love the imagery of this verse.  Deep within every one of us is God’s plan and purpose for our lives.  Before we were even born, He shaped not only our bodies, but […]

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Eternal Perspective

“We fix our eyes NOT on the things which are seen, but on the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  (2 Corinthians 4: 18) The challenge we face as Christ-followers is to see the eternal more than the temporary. […]

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Living By Design

A family began a long vacation that included several days of travel.  On the third day of the trip, the eight year old daughter, weary from the traveling, asked, “Daddy, when we get where we’re going, will we be there?”  That’s a great question to ask of your life.  No single factor so determines the […]

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How to Work a Plan God’s Way

“The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) God is sovereign over all things, including our plans, even those plans that don’t go as planned.  Planning is a good thing if done God’s way.  God expects us to plan, but He also expects us to hold those plans […]

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Imagining God’s Presence

Solomon concluded his search for the meaning of life with these words: “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) What does it mean […]

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When Times Are Difficult

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10) When times are difficult, it is good to remember the promises of God.  But that’s easier said than done, because our […]

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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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Words Mirror the Heart

“The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45) There’s an old saying: “What’s down in the well comes up in the bucket.” That’s another way of making […]

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The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout

To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are His.  (Job 12:13) Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with […]

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