I Just Deserve

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Recently I had dinner with some long-time friends.  We have had some great times over the years doing ministry together.  In the course of our conversation, I found myself getting angry at the injustices that we had all experienced in doing ministry.  It isn’t right and the Bible says it should be… we want things to be done right and … Read More

Uprooted

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Thunderstorms and fierce windstorms can cause tremendous damage to trees and property.  A recent storm in our area snapped the tops off some trees and uprooted a neighbor’s beautiful maple tree.  The tree was pulled out of the earth leaving a gaping hole in the ground and the root system of the tree upended from stability and nourishment. In a … Read More

3 Evidences of a Changed Heart

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We can all struggle to know what true repentance from sin looks like.  2 Corinthians 7:10 identifies two types of sorrow.  If we are truly convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit, we will be grieved by our past actions to the point of doing everything we can to fight against sin.  On the other hand, worldly sorrow means … Read More

Is it Time to Wise Up?

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We can tend to think that wisdom comes from putting information or knowledge into our brains.  Jesus taught that wisdom is actual obedience or action.  To illustrate this point, Jesus taught his followers about the wise man and the foolish man in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:24-27).   The story is about two men who built homes, heard … Read More

The Weapons to Fight the Cravings

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Many have argued that there is not enough help out there for people who are addicted.  I don’t think the problem is a lack of help or programs.  Could there be a lack of revealed truth from God’s Word in that person’s life?  Is the main problem that people suppress the truth, and deny God’s solutions to the problems? God’s … Read More

3 Steps To a Heart of Contentment

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The lessons Jesus taught were radically opposed to the world’s way of thinking.  We can be so immersed in the messages of the world that we underestimate their power and influence upon our thinking.  The world promotes the selfish ideas that we just “deserve the best.” The message of the gospel of Christ tells us that we deserve an eternity … Read More

Four Essential Steps For a Changed Life

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Any change we make in life is going to require us to get real and honest with ourselves.  I can hear my mind telling me, “I can handle this, it’s not really that bad, or I won’t do that again.”   The best one yet is when I say to myself, “I’ve learned my lesson.”  I don’t know about you, but … Read More

The Perfect Antidote to the Stress That Impairs You

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Our American culture is one that often encourages us to escape. When we feel tired and overworked can we say to ourselves, “I need a vacation?” Is there an underlying meaning in there that says, “I need to escape from the rigors of everyday life?” Is there a sense in which we are saying that it is permissible to escape … Read More

Four Transformed Actions to Fight the Stinking Thinking

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 It is interesting to note what happens the first time a person experiments by using alcohol, prescription medications, or recreational drugs to excess, they say to themselves, “Wow, this is the best thing ever; I have never felt so good! I should have tried this sooner.” Their eyes are open to the sin and there is no going back. A … Read More

The Secret to Having More Joy, Contentment, and Happiness

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We so wish that when we became Christians that all of our old sinful habits, thinking, and acting would have been completely eradicated. We do know that we have been given the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and empower us to overcome sin and be changed in our thoughts, words, and actions. 2 Evidences of Change The truth is … Read More