Archive 2019

Better Together

“…you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And

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Our Once and Future Salvation

“Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.” – ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:23-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬ When you think about your salvation, what do you think about? Do you thank God for that moment on the Cross when Jesus died for your sin? Do you conjure

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Nature and Grace

Nothing will hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain, for as the waters fill the sea, so the earth will be filled with people who know the LORD. – Isaiah 11:9 (NLT) There are places in scripture when God gives us a glimpse of what is to come. Believers find life in the God’s

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A Place in Your Story

Then, turning to Shimei, David vowed, “Your life will be spared.” – 2 Samuel‬ ‭19:23‬ ‭NLT‬‬ People love to pile onto losers and pump up winners. Such was the case with Shimei and David. As David retreated from Jerusalem in fear for his life, Shimei hounded the procession, hurling insults at David for miles and

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Restored

“Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.” – John‬ ‭18:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬ “Take him yourselves and crucify him,” Pilate said. “I find him not guilty.” – John‬ ‭19:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Three times Peter denied Christ. Three times Pilate pronounced Him not guilty. They both knew who Jesus was and denied Him; one by word, the

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True Eternal Life

“And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.” – John‬ ‭17:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Most people (Christians included) think that “eternal life” means living forever in heaven. But Jesus had a different definition for eternal life. For Him, eternal life is

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Whadda Ya Know?

“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.” – John‬ ‭16:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬ One of the graces of God is that He reveals His person, plan, and purpose to us progressively. He knows we cannot handle everything all at once, so He only doles out what we need

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Peace

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Jesus gives His followers many gifts, but perhaps the most often ignored is peace. I am convinced that peace is not only

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Proper Use of Authority

Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. – John‬ ‭13:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ What would you do with supreme authority if it was given to you? Would your right every wrong, punish every evil doer, or bring order to our mixed

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The Story’s Not Over

But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” – John‬ ‭11:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Too often God seems to fall short of our expectations. This never happens because God is unable

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