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Our Hope is in Christ

Our Hope is in Christ

The world today is a complex and troubled place. Citizens within many nations are bitterly divided between one another by seemingly irreconcilable political and ideological differences. International relations are also fragile. At times this leads to military conflict...

Faith and Discouragement

Faith and Discouragement

Sometimes it’s easy to have faith. It’s awesome when you walk in obedience to the Lord’s clear leading and things go well. A great example can be found in Luke. Very early in his ministry, Jesus came upon a fisherman named Simon. The Lord asked Simon to take him just...

What is Your Prayer?

What is Your Prayer?

I’ve been thinking a great deal about prayer lately. God has graciously answered many requests over the years. He has moved hearts, provided for needs, and heard cries that words could not express. Yes, God has been gracious and we are so thankful. And still we pray....

Motives

Motives

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the root meaning of the English word motive, is “That which inwardly moves a person to behave a certain way.” Have you ever stopped to think about the motives that drive the groups or individuals who are in the national...

Wrestling in Prayer

Wrestling in Prayer

The book of Colossians is to some degree a manual of warfare for the Christ follower. It provided the early church with the ammunition needed to combat those seeking to alter the true message of biblical faith. The teachings contained in these four short chapters can...

A Life-Changing Mindset

A Life-Changing Mindset

One of the most meaningful and enjoyable parts of my day is time spent in Scripture. Before opening God’s word in the morning I generally ask him to show me something he wants me to know. I pray that God will lead me to something in the reading for that morning that...

To Fish or to Follow?

To Fish or to Follow?

My wife and I have had the privilege of attending a number of excellent churches since placing our faith in Christ back in 1982. To us, an excellent church is one that faithfully seeks to live out and to share the message of biblical faith with love, gentleness,...

To Delight in God’s Will

To Delight in God’s Will

I have a reading schedule that generally involves a chapter of the Old Testament and a chapter of the New Testament most days. I enjoy working through God’s word in this way. Before I read, I like to pray that the Lord will renew my mind, that he will lead me closer...

Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

Numerous passages in the New Testament speak of the freedom that’s available only to those who follow Christ. A great example can be found in John 8:31-36. In the ESV this reads as follows: So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you...

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