The Fragrance of Grace

What a scene it must have been. There Jesus is dining with Lazarus, the man he has just raised from the dead. “Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair (John 12:3, NASB).” The verse goes on to […]

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Opportunity in Trouble

In Luke 21, Jesus talked about the coming persecution for His followers. He pointed out that because they would be brought before kings and governors, they would have an “opportunity for your testimony (verse 12, NASB).” He told his followers not to worry about defending themselves, “for I will give you utterance and wisdom which […]

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Picking Up a Broken Life

Sin can paralyze you, make you feel sick and unable to move. Sin can break you into thousands of pieces and cause you to no longer be whole — to lay there broken, unable to move. Good friends want to help. They want to make you whole. They try to help you pick up the […]

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You Must be Mistaken

“Didn’t I see you going into that church?” You stare at him and shake your head, “No!” But he doesn’t relent. “But I’m sure I saw you hanging out with those Christians the other day.” You stare at him with a stern face. “It wasn’t me!” He’s still not convinced. You can tell by his […]

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Wake Up Sleepyhead

You’ve had a good meal with friends, singing songs and enjoying each other’s company. It was a joyous moment. Life is good. Now all you want to do is sleep. Your eyelids are heavy, your body tired, yet something is telling you not to sleep. You try to resist the urge to close your eyes, […]

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Questioning What Seems Obvious

There are days where it seems clear what you should do. An opportunity arises and it’s your chance to make things right. Yet your conscience gives you pause and causes you to hesitate to act — to seize the moment and take justice into your own hands. This is the situation David faced when he […]

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The Unseen Results of Obedience

You are one person. It seems you have few resources. What can you possibly do to accomplish great things for the Kingdom of God? On our own, without God, we can achieve little. However, with God, we can achieve much — maybe not in our lifetime, but certainly across generations. For God is all about […]

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Hunger for God’s Will

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work (John 4:34, NASB) Do we hunger, as we do for food, to do the will of God? Do we seek to satisfy that hunger by working to accomplish God’s work? A wheat field is […]

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Salvation in a Cord

Destruction was imminent to the residents of Jericho. In Joshua 2, Rahab tells the spies that Joshua sent to Jericho, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you (verse 9).” […]

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