Worn Tent

The older I get, the weaker my body feels. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:1, our body is an earthly tent while we live in this world. Some days I can feel the worn canvas of my tent; the aged poles holding me up; the loose tent stakes that once secured me to the […]

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Weak and Not Persuasive

It’s not usually the way it works in this world. If someone is trying to build interest in a speaker, they would not say, “He’s weak, scared and not very persuasive.” Usually they use words like bold, dynamic and powerful — words that encourage you not to miss hearing the speaker. Words that point to […]

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Everlasting Love

There have been times in my life where I suffered deep sorrow; times of deep trauma; times when it seemed the grief and tears would not stop. Yet I can look back at these times and see God’s faithfulness. He did not abandon me. He was there every step of the way. I thought of […]

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Misjudged

They were jailed under false charges by men who cared more about money than anything else. Not just jailed, but beaten and locked in an inner prison with their feet fastened in stocks. There Paul and Silas sat, punished for something they did not do. When I am treated wrongly, falsely accused or harshly treated, […]

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Finding the Right Words

I have had many conversations over the years with people who want to debate the validity of the Bible. In the course of hearing them argue about flaws in scripture, it becomes evident they have no desire to understand the Word of God and what it offers. They do not have a heart that wants […]

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The Meaning of Words

What we say to others matters. It can lift someone up or tear them down. Our words can change the course of someone’s life. In Joshua 14, the Israelites have conquered the land of Canaan and Joshua is apportioning the land to the various tribes. In verse 7-8 Caleb recounts what happened more than 40 […]

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Overwhelming Need

You can see them — they’re there. People confused and lost, trying to find their way in a world full of false gods; a world full of false promises. They are sheep without a shepherd to protect them and guide them. This is what Jesus saw in his day. Matthew 9:36 tells us: “Seeing the […]

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Planning Ahead

Trusting God in the middle of traumatic events is a difficult thing. In that moment all you know is pain and suffering. It is a moment when you cry out to the Lord for relief, for some positive sign that he is listening to your prayer. You question God’s wisdom, yet reassurance comes in small […]

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Active Faith

Faith in Jesus Christ is not a one-time statement, not a one-time commitment. It is an active effort to pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus; to draw closer to Him; to pursue a life in Christ and shed the sinful behavior that drags us down and draws us away from Jesus. In 1 Peter 1:5-8, […]

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