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The children will follow

When you look at a child’s face, can you sometimes see the resemblance to their parents? Maybe their eyes or their mouth reminds you of their parent’s eyes or mouth. As you know, it is not just the physical features that they will mirror, but their behavior will follow suit as well. This is especially noticeable in the church setting. The children that you see…

Called By God?

It is a common thing among religious folks today to make statements like, “God spoke to me…God called me…God told me…God showed me…”  While I do not question the sincerity of the hearts of those who make such statements, it is difficult to rectify such claims next to Scripture.  If God does speak directly to individuals today, then what is the purpose…

When all we need to hear it again

The challenge of preaching is to make sure to proclaim “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27), and still, to regularly (and repeatedly) cover Biblical matters that require regular (and repeated) attention and action by children of God. Sometimes there is a sense of, “You don’t need to hear this again, but I’m going to say it again anyway.” Actually, there is Biblical precedent…

Discernment: a key to Christ-like living

What is necessary in order to be a faithful Christian? Many answers could be given to that question, but how often do we think about “discernment” as a critical Christian quality? Paul prayed for his brethren in Philippi, “that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment” (Phil. 1:9). God ties our discernment to our growth in “more and…

The Mystery of Christ

Sometimes we might read the word “mystery” in the New Testament and think that it is something cloaked, cryptic and cannot be understood.  Such is FAR from the truth.  In fact, when we read the word “mystery” in Ephesians 3, it is clearly something that is understandable.  Let’s consider together—what is “the mystery of Christ”? The word “mystery” is found a couple…

“I want more!”

The Little Mermaid Ariel expressed the hearts of many. She had lots of “neat” “stuff.” Most would think her “collection’s complete” and that she was “the girl who has everything,” with “treasures untold…gadgets and gizmos a-plenty…whooz-its and whats-its galore.” Even with all that she had, her heart poured forth, “No big deal. I want more!” Are we like that? Look around at your “neat stuff.” Look around at…

Keep focused

The Bible draws a sharp distinction between that which is “temporary” and that which is “eternal.” Unfortunately, we have a hard time keeping that distinction clear and foremost in our minds. It is so easy to get “fixed” on money (having it or not having it), houses or cars (having nice ones or needing new ones), our jobs (having one or not having one,…

He Knew No Sin, But Why?

There are some amazing things that we read about Jesus in the Bible.  It is absolutely amazing to read about His fulfillment of over 300 specific Old Testament prophecies (many of which were completely out of His hands regarding fulfillment).  It is amazing to read about the miracles that He performed.  It is amazing to read of those occasions when He knew…