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Examine me, O Lord, and test me! Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives! Psalm 26:2 (NET)

Just Because It Seems to Be Working, It Doesn’t Mean That Everything Is All Right

Many of us have had the unpleasant experience of driving in our car when we notice that the Check Engine light has come on. We may not immediately detect that there is any problem. The car seems to be running fine. Maybe the light came on by mistake. Perhaps it will go away.

We think to ourselves, “Nothing seems to be w...

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Don’t Look Back

11th Sep 2021

I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13 (NLT).

Looking backward can be a great hindrance to moving forward. Regret over past mistakes afflicts many people. Past victories and triumphs can also impede forward progress.

20th-century philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” There is value in learning lessons from our past, but nothing is gained by reliving or returnin...

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When the phrase “who cares” is used, it may either be a statement of indifference or a question inquiring if anyone is concerned. There are times when a statement of indifference is perfectly acceptable because there are so many things of so little consequence, but when it concerns our attitudes toward people, indifference must never be an option because there are so many people who are wondering if anyone cares about them and their circumstances.

The importance of conveying our empathy and...

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Motivated By Love

11th Sep 2021

They are motivated by love, because they know that I’m put here to give a defense of the gospel; the others preach Christ because of their selfish ambition. Philippians 1:16–17 (CEB)

Motives are problematic. They can lead someone to do the right thing for the wrong reason, but they can also result in doing the wrong things despite the right reasons when not combined with sound judgment. Because our motivation is not always discernible, it is important that we ask God to examine us. In Psalm 2...

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Him Jesus told his disciples, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NIV).

Do we think of mountains as obstacles that stand in our way? Or in the way of others? When a mountain stands in the path of what God wants to do, the mountain will have to go. “Nothing, not even a mighty mountain, will stand in Zerubbabel’s way; it will become a leve...

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What Do We Know?

19th Aug 2021

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. 1 John 5:20 (NIV)

Are you familiar with the expression, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?” While there may be circumstances where this maxim is proven true, often, it is demonstrably false. While someone may take comfort in the idea that “ignorance is bliss,” the Bible addresses this succinctly: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6 (CSB)

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What Do You Hear?

4th Aug 2021

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

Hearing is essential. Or is it only meaningful when there is something we want to hear? Paul warned Timothy: For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3 (NLT)

Even if w...

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What Do You See?

31st Jul 2021

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes. 2 Kings 6:17 (NIV)

There is seeing, and then there is seeing that goes deeper than the surface. It is hard to see things as they really are because of our lack of insight or preconceived notions. Elisha’s servant could see things in the natural realm, to a greater reality. We need God to open our eyes to the realities beyond the visible. Without eyes that see beyond the natural, we will have...

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“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” (Proverbs 10:19, NLT)

“… let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (1 John 3:18, NLT)

It is no longer enough to not be racist. In today’s climate we are told that we must speak out against racism and to use our social media platform to demonstrate our commitment. A new term emerged in the last several years to describe this behavior. “Virtue Signaling” is defined in the Urban Dict...

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“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, NIV)

 

News of the killing of George Floyd spread quickly around the world last week. Pastors and church leaders everywhere spoke out to condemn the actions of the Minneapolis police officer who pinned George’s neck to the ground with his knee.

The video cannot be viewed without disgust and the officer has been charged with third-degree murder, but as with the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Geor...

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“You are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are Christ’s letter, delivered by us…” (2 Corinthians 3:2–3, CEB)

You do not have to spend very much time with someone to discover what things are the most important to them. We cannot easily hide what we treasure the most because “…What you say flows from what is in your heart.” (Luke 6:45, NLT). If sports or politics dominate our lives, you can be sure that it will be reflected in our conversations a...

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Patient Endurance

21st Jul 2021

“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)

The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines endurance as “the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially: the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity.” I enjoy riding my bicycle, in fact, I will usually ride several thousand miles per year. However, without making any excuses, several years ago I eme...

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