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Spiritual Desperation-are you there?

Desperation, a sense of total helplessness and hopelessness, is essential to a minimal understanding of the love and mercy of God in Christ Jesus....

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God's Re-purpose Project

The Bible is the cosmic story of creation, corruption, and redemption. In the end, God wins because through Jesus Christ, He will re-purpose us for His glory....

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Judgment--Maybe Today?

God rules in judgment over all. No one escapes. For you and me, our meeting with Him could be sooner than we think. Are you ready?...

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Unquenchable Joy

Joy--not dependent on circumstances--springs up in the life of those who have God’s Spirit. Nothing and no one can steal that joy from us. It is unquenchable....

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Amazing grace, indeed!

God controls history including every large and small event, every good and bad situation. Those who trust Him can rest that His grace will get us home....

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Heart Check Time

We need to be watchful never to forget that the horror of our sin and the holiness of God put Christ on the cross for us who believe. It's heart check time....

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Legalism Dies Hard

Eternal salvation is no do-it-yourself project. The gospel tells us that the law was given to point us to Christ, never to save. Why does legalism die hard?...

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Reflections of God's Love

Human love is a reflection of the love of Christ for His Church. For that reason, we can learn a little about Christ’s love from human love stories....

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The God of Peace and the Peace of God

Deep disappointment, alienation, pride, and disagreement occur in relationships, but the God of peace is glorified with reconciliation....

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Unstoppable Love

Love overcomes any obstacle and pays whatever price necessary for the beloved. Unstoppable is the love that Christ has for His Church....

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Escape the Vain Life

Are you exhausted from trying to meet everyone's expectations? There is freedom not to live our lives in vain controlled by the fear of man....

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Wisdom: True and False

One must beware of the distinction between deception which passes as true wisdom and true wisdom which can be imperceptible and overlooked....

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Faithfulness Pleases God

Beware of a common saying which we hear today that implies that God doesn't care about our faithfulness but only our faith....

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Why Life is Not Vain

The gospel of Jesus Christ shows us that the earthly life of believers, while not complete as it will be in glory, is also not vain as Solomon thought....

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Poverty, Joy, and Generosity: the Macedonians

Here we meet a group who did not let their desperate need stop their generosity. How God is glorified by such people who give despite their circumstances!...

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Two Sides of Godliness

Godliness has both negative and positive sides. When we turn from sin; we turn to righteousness. Likewise when we turn to righteousness, we turn from sin....

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Dangerous Alliances

Beware of forming alliances with fools and unbelievers. Your intention to “reach” them is likely to fail and result in your own downfall....

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Aiming to Please God

Life has meaning because we will all stand before an Omniscient Judge from whom we will receive our due. We must aim to please Him....

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The Best Is Yet to Be

All this world offers pales in comparison to the glory awaiting those who know God’s grace in Jesus Christ. The best is yet to be....

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Slow Growth

Spiritual growth is a gradual process, like a great tree, it will not reach maturity quickly. Gather wisdom and truth and be patient. Time is a factor....

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The Sniffable Christian

Christians are called to shoulder a heavy responsibility, one that even the Apostle Paul found daunting. Did you know you emit a distinct fragrance?...

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No Exceptions

The rules in Proverbs have exceptions, but there are no exceptions to the rule that God is with His people in their deepest trials fulfilling His purposes....

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The Importance of Giving to the Poor

Giving to the needy honors God, their Creator. It should be done in an orderly way so as to minimize the danger of misappropriation of funds....

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The Man of Dust; the Man of Heaven

Thoughts of life and death are never far from our mortal minds. We have death through the man of dust but life through the man of heaven....

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Choosing your Preacher

The character of a man or woman is revealed in their response to wise instruction. The wise listen to wisdom and act. Fools choose foolishness....

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The Paths to Life and Death

God’s Word bears the force of His authority. To ignore it is death, but to study and obey it brings wisdom for blessing and life....

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The Mature Thinker

Christians should be inexperienced in sin, but not ignorant of what it is. Extensive experience with wickedness contributes nothing to mature thinking....

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The Practice of Love

Biblical love is not a matter of mere words but expresses itself in practical ways both in what it does and what it avoids....

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The Importance of Seeking Wisdom

Wisdom and understanding which leads to the true knowledge of God and a proper fear of the Lord are keys to a blessed life. But can we attain this?...

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The Grand Finale of Praise

The final Psalms and the Lord's Supper prepare us for the coming grand finale of praise to God when Jesus Christ returns in all His glory for His people...

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