Month: November 2017

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Let Those Arrows Fly

LIKE ARROWS IN THE HAND OF A WARRIOR ARE THE CHILDREN OF ONE’S YOUTH. PSALMS 127:4 My son desired to join the military since he was in high school, but we wanted him to have the college experience first. After a year and a half of college life, he decided that he still wanted to […]

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Four Steps to Make God’s Word a Habit

“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine” (John 8:31b NASB). It’s a really important step to commit to reading your Bible regularly for a short period, maybe a few weeks. It’s a great way to get started, but you should never leave it there. Jesus said, “If you continue […]

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Who Cares about Leviticus?

“You are to be holy to me, because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.” – Leviticus 20:26 Like most evangelicals, I haven’t devoted much time to parsing Leviticus. After all, we live under the new covenant ushered in by Christ’s death and resurrection, and […]

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Hey, Where’d You Get That?

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father” James 1:17 One of my favorite classical works of music is The Creation. But what I like even more than the stirring sounds and moving lyrics is the attitude of composer. It was the year 1808, and the last note sounded as […]

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God’s Love Is Deep Enough

“The Lord reached down from above and took hold of me; he pulled me out of the deep waters” (Psalm 18:16 TEV) There are times when we all think, “I’m going under for the last time! I’m about to sink!” But no matter how deep you are, God’s love is deeper than your problem. Corrie […]

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Loving Well Requires You to Be Spiritually Fit

“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8a NIV). You cannot love people the way God loves you without God’s power in your life, because human love runs out. But if you feel that nothing seems to be worth the effort, life seems to be futile or purposeless, […]

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To Get Enthusiastic, Get in God

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:11-12 NIV). In order to reach your goals, you have to figure out how to maintain your enthusiasm over the long haul. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great is ever accomplished […]

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Spiritual Growth Requires a Plan

“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food” (Hebrews 5:12 NLT, second edition). Millions of Christians have grown older without ever growing up; […]

Who Me, A Wretch?

“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 There are a few hymns that I really like, and “Amazing Grace” is one of them. But somehow, like so many other familiar tunes, the weight of the words soon gets lost in our familiarity with the song. From bagpipe bands to presidential events, […]

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