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A Portrait of Courage

The Pharisees shamed the officers when they returned. Did you catch what they were saying? “No thinking person believes this.

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What the First Commandment Calls Us To

“You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3 NIV) The first commandment calls you to a life-long response of gratitude and loving loyalty to the God who loved you and gave himself for you. Positively, this means cultivating affection for him: Remembering him, appreciating him, honoring him, choosing him, loving him, desiring him,...Read… Read More

Where You Stand in Relation to the Ten Commandments

All these I have kept. (Matt. 19:20, NIV) Take a moment to consider where you stand in relation to the Ten Commandments. Here are three possibilities: 1. Some of us think we’ve climbed the wall. A man was talking with Jesus about the Ten Commandments and he said, “I’ve kept them all!” He hadn’t murdered...Read… Read More

Two Kinds of Being Sorry

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (2 Corinthians 7:10, NIV) There are two kinds of sorrow: Worldly sorrow brings death. You can be full of regret and never change; you can be sorry without repenting. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and...Read… Read More

How Much Do You Know God?

My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes. (Job 42:5-6, NIV) Job got what he asked for, an encounter in which God speaks to him clearly, directly, audibly. But afterwards Job says: “I repent.” What did Job repent of? God...Read… Read More

Been There, Done That!

“The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15, NIV) Some Christians hear the word repentance and immediately think: Been there, done that! It’s easy to see why. Let’s say you were brought up under teaching that emphasized repentance at the beginning of the Christian life. Sermons ended by calling...Read… Read More

Law Is Good. Gospel Is Better!

The law is holy…righteous and good. (Romans 7:12, NIV) Some folks have the idea that the law is bad and the gospel is good. But this is not the teaching of the Bible.  The law came from the hand of God who never changes.  How could it possibly be bad? If your son or daughter...Read… Read More

Your Purpose, Faith, and Patience

You know all about…my purpose, faith, patience. (2 Timothy 3:10, NIV) Your purpose Does your son know what’s important to you?  Does your daughter know what you’re trying to accomplish?  What would your child say matters to you more than anything else?  This is a great question to talk about with your kids.  Ask them! ...Read… Read More

One Is as Destructive to Love as the Other

Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality. (Ephesians 5:3, NIV) Notice what the apostle Paul says next, “…or of greed.”  There is something here that needs to be said in our culture today. Greed is another kind of lust.  Greed is an “I want” that is never satisfied: “I want...Read… Read More

What Are You Waiting For?

Today you will be with me in Paradise.  (Luke 23:43) The enemy of your soul spins two powerful lies: One is to say, “What you’ve done is too bad to be forgiven.”  The other is to say, “It’s too late to do anything about it.” That’s what Judas thought, “Jesus will be crucified, and there...Read… Read More

You Cannot Serve God and Money

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”  (Matthew 6:24) In other words, you have to decide.  Is the first thing in your life pleasing God or making...Read… Read More

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