Archive April 2019

Walking Away

“But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me.” – Luke‬ ‭22:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Today, it is fashionable, perhaps even viewed as a higher level of spiritual maturity, to disconnect from the church out of disappointment for what she has become. As one person said to me

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Ruthless

“So now I declare that I will no longer drive out the people living in your land. They will be thorns in your sides, and their gods will be a constant temptation to you.” – Judges‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Israel was given a command: Drive out all other nations from the Promised Land. The problem was,

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The Company You Keep

“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” – ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭13:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The company you keep determines the quality and direction of your life. If this was not true, we would not worry about who our kids hang out with. But for some reason, we believe that adults are

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Critics

If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored. – Proverbs‬ ‭13:18‬ ‭NLT‬‬ I recently heard a well-known CEO say, “Criticism is the price of leadership.” No one does anything great without encountering generous portions of criticism. We often make the mistake that all criticism

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Promises, Promises

Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true. – Joshua 21:45 NLT Promises are the seedbed of hope. When someone makes a promise, we begin to have expectations in a future. We visualize what will be

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The Way to Peace

“How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace…They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.” – Luke‬ ‭19:42-44‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Such is Jesus’ lament as

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Open doors

When the Lord registers the nations, he will say, “They have all become citizens of Jerusalem.” – Psalms‬ ‭87:6‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The Psalmist’s voice was in contrast to the majority opinion of his time. When most of his fellow countrymen believed their relationship with God was exclusive to Jews, he spoke of a day when people

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Hard to Grasp

But they didn’t understand any of this. The significance of his words was hidden from them, and they failed to grasp what he was talking about. – Luke‬ ‭18:34‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The apostles sat at the feet of Jesus and heard His voice. We have the Word of God and the press of the Holy Spirit.

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A Touch of the Kingdom

One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them…Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “…the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” – Luke‬ ‭18:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬ A friend of mine once told me that this passage is why he

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Don’t Wait for the Kingdom

One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you. ” – Luke‬ ‭17:20-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬ It was more

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