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Posts by David Sproule

Stop everything, turn on speakerphone, and listen

Parents for generations have experienced this, so it is not exclusive to us. With both of our girls gone from home, when the phone rings and it’s one of them, everything else stops. We put it on speakerphone, so that we can both hear, and we listen to whatever is on their heart. There’s nothing better than seeing one of their names on the Caller…

They didn’t “believe” at first

We know that the word “believes” is found in Mark 16:16 as a prerequisite to being “saved,” but have you ever put that word in the context of Mark 16? This chapter begins by recounting for us the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on the first day of the week. But, when His disciples “heard that He was alive and had been seen…

The most underutilized gift from God

James reminds his readers, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above” (Jas. 1:17). Knowing that truth, Paul asked, “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Cor. 4:7). Everything that you have has been given to you by God. Unfortunately, there are many of these gifts that we leave unutilized or underutilized. At the top of that list may be…our brain.…

Could my worship be unacceptable to God?

“As long as I’m worshiping God, do I need to be all that concerned about the exact mechanics or details of how I do it? He is pleased, as long as my heart and intent are set on Him, right?” God sent the prophet Amos to the northern kingdom of Israel about 30 years before they fell to Assyria. He warned about the impending…

Hear Him!

Imagine that you got to be in the presence of Moses about 1,500 years after he died. Imagine just hearing this lawgiver speak and how enthralled you would be. Imagine that you got to be in the presence of Elijah about 850 years after he died. Imagine just hearing this prophet speak and how gripped you would be on his every word. Then, imagine that God…

Take responsibility

It seems that a generation (or maybe two or three generations) of children (who are now legally adult age) have been raised to eschew any kind of personal responsibility in their lives. (I’m not saying all in these generations are that way, but there is certainly a large number.) Many in these generations expect others to take care of them, expect others to accept…