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Emotional Disengagement

DO NOT TAKE TO HEART ALL THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE SAY. ECCLESIASTES 7:21 Many people have emotionally disengaged themselves in a negative manner. Perhaps they’ve been hurt by others, so they throw up a wall to keep people out. This isn’t healthy or helpful in many relationships. However, there is a place for healthy emotional […]

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Come-to-Jesus Moment

GOD IS NOT MAN, THAT HE SHOULD LIE, OR A SON OF MAN, THAT HE SHOULD CHANGE HIS MIND. HAS HE SAID, AND WILL HE NOT DO IT? OR HAS HE SPOKEN, AND WILL HE NOT FULFILL IT? NUMBERS 23:19 Have you ever had a come to Jesus moment? Generally, this is an intervention with […]

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Sanctified for God’s Purpose

THE LEVITES WERE MORE UPRIGHT IN HEART THAN THE PRIESTS IN CONSECRATING THEMSELVES. 2 CHRONICLES 29:34 In 2 Chronicles 29, there was a revival happening in the hearts of God’s people. They worked hard to restore true worship to the one and only God. Yet, not everyone was ready—although they could’ve been ready. Many priests […]

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Nix the Arguing

IT IS BETTER TO LIVE IN A CORNER OF THE HOUSETOP THAN IN A HOUSE SHARED WITH A QUARRELSOME WIFE. PROVERBS 21:9 The very best of marriages will have issues that couples continue to work on so that it will endure over time. However, if there’s a quarrelsome wife who continues to trust more in […]

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A Willing Heart to Give

ALL WHO WERE OF A WILLING HEART BROUGHT BURNT OFFERINGS. 2 CHRONICLES 29:31 Have you ever been to a church where giving is pressed and pushed as an obligation instead of joy? Those who use these methods of manipulation to get more cash into the church have lost sight of encouraging cheerful givers. Our Father […]

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Made Alive

As a young man, my dad was traveling with a group of friends to an out-of-town sporting event when the tires of their car slipped on the rain-soaked roads. They had an accident—a bad accident. One of his friends was paralyzed and another was killed. My dad was declared dead and taken to the morgue. […]

Thou Shalt Not Be a Bystander

Thou Shalt Not Be a Bystander

“He upholds the cause of the oppressed.” Psalm 146:7 In 1955, an African-American Christian woman in her 40s refused to surrender her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. As a result, many now view Rosa Parks as the mother of the civil rights movement and consider her act one of […]

Dare to Call Him “Dad”

Dare to Call Him “Dad”

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” Romans 8:15 Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis has a beautiful, stately auditorium. I’ll never forget the time I preached there. I was taken with the beauty […]

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Hurry Up and Wait

“A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly” Proverbs 14:29 One of my all-time favorite school teacher stories is about a kindergarten teacher who at the end of an exasperating day had to put boots on all 31 of her students before she sent them out in the snow. As she […]

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Victory at the Cross

“But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the kingdom of God” Luke 9:27 After the miracle of feeding the five thousand, Jesus had been alone praying when His disciples joined Him. Jesus asked, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They answered, “John […]

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