Worried in a City of Fear

Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.” And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” – Luke 2:47 (NASB) It had been years since […]

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Avoiding Cracks in Unity

A few years ago I had an instructor who warned the class, “The minute someone or a group of people start differentiating themselves from others, watch out.” He cautioned us that it is usually the start of a person or group trying to elevate themselves above others. He pointed out that it is particularly worrisome […]

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Avoiding Trip Hazards

Those who love Your law have great peace, And nothing causes them to stumble. – Psalm 119:165 (NASB) There is something about this verse that is very compelling. It expresses contentment and confidence. To love God’s law, to desire to follow Him and His way is to know His peace. God’s law is designed to […]

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Finding Wisdom Among Deceit

In life, we are often faced with choices about which path to follow. People can give us a lot of advice on which choice to make, but some of this advice can steer us down the wrong path. Sometimes people with malicious intent can seem well-meaning and authentic, but their true motive is to deceive […]

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#6 Praying for the Unexpected

2022 Countdown of the top ten most viewed posts. This post was first published August 30, 2022. Why do we pray? Jesus told us, “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; […]

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#8 Learning to Let Go

2022 Countdown of the top ten most viewed posts. This post was first published February 15, 2022. Jesus had just raised Lazarus from the dead. Because of this, “many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him (John 11:45).” This is exactly what Jesus earlier told his […]

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The Threat of Jesus

There are times faith in Jesus will require difficult choices that may affect your livelihood. In Acts 19:23-41, there is a “man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shrines of Artemis, was bringing no little business to the craftsmen (verse 24, NASB).” It’s a pretty good racket. People come to worship at the temple […]

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Managing Complaints in Church

There is something about complaining that is contagious. It seems if one person complains, then soon there are more people complaining about the same thing. This can cause a community to slip into a lack of contentment, criticizing those in leadership and wishing to go back to “when things were so much better.” I have […]

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