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Eyes Ahead

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Surely you have heard the phrase, “When Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.” Sounds like a good counterpunch when he throws the old you in your face, doesn’t it? But if you’re anything at all like me, then you too have found that he is quicker on the ...

Reliable

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And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own ...

Bloom Where You Are Planted

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Referring to himself, seven times Jesus utilizes the words “I am” to identify his person and purpose (John 6:35, 6:48, 6:51; 8:12, 9:5; 10:7, 10:9; 10:11, 10:14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1). To those who heard him speak, his meaning was sometimes vague and misunderstood. But there was little ...

So Help Me, Me

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But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.— Galatians 6:14 Forty years ago, John Denver, George Burns and Teri Garr teamed up in a delightful movie called Oh, God! The story captures a ...

Without Him

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And on this road to righteousness 
Sometimes the climb can be so steep 
I may falter in my steps 
But never beyond your reach — Rich Mullins, Sometimes By Step Growing up in a Christian family, I was surrounded by deacons and preachers. Just about every adult male was one ...

Getting Back to the Table

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I am not sure who writes the discussion guides we use to review and talk about the Sunday sermon in our community groups each week, but this week’s sure got my attention. Right out of the batter’s box, they stepped up to the plate swinging their pen with this question: “Do you ...

Building Community

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Wouldn’t you agree that Sunday’s sermon was both needed and timely? A thought-provoking message to help us build a spiritually secure wall to take refuge in. Think about this: Nehemiah knew the strength of the wall was not in the brick and mortar, but in the people who built it. ...

Purpose, Process and Payoff

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The waiting game: a game no one likes to play, but everyone will. The grocery store checkout line we get in is the fastest one until we roll our cart into it. No brake lights are glowing in the traffic to our right or left until we change lanes. Fast food, convenience stores and one-click buying ...

Backward and Forward

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Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. — Hebrews 10:23 A hospice chaplain, each day I walk with the dying — men and women of all ages. Sitting at their bedside, I hear stories of life and love, ups and downs, highs and lows, ...

Called To Be Givers

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Opening the Bible, we need read no further than the first chapter of Genesis to discover that God is a giver. It is perhaps the clearest picture painted of his nature and character throughout Scripture, later personified in Christ and magnified in the giving of himself on the cross. Created in ...

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