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Speak the Name

26th Aug 2022

And they called them in and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the Name of Jesus. Acts 4:18 (NET)

The Name of Jesus is beautiful. It is a mighty name. But it is also a controversial name. Tyrants and dictators have tried to stamp out the Name of Jesus without success. In the Name of Jesus, demons tremble. We see people healed in the Name of Jesus. And perhaps the greatest miracle of all, salvation, is offered through the Name of Jesus. The song says it well: “There’s Something About...

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Take Up Your Cross

23rd Aug 2022

Jesus said to everyone, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23 (CEB)

What does it mean to “take up our cross?” Some people see it as a burden, such as a physical challenge or a complicated relationship. People would describe something in their life and tell you it is “their cross to bear.” But does that relate to Jesus’ call for us to take up our cross and follow him?

The common perception is that to carry or take up “ou...

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15th Aug 2022

They will look up to heaven and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness. Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. Isaiah 8:21–9:1 (NLT)

Words are fascinating—all words, really, but especially words that indicate a change of direction or purpose. When times are difficult, there is a tendency toward despair. Whether we are speaking of illness, war, economic depressio...

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