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In These Final Days

August 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Hebrews 1:1-2a (New Living Translation) Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son… In these two simple sentences, the writer notes how human history changed direction. For a few thousand years, God […]

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Slaves (?) to Righteous Living

July 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

Romans 6:18 (New Living Translation) Now you are free from your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living. Followers of Christ are now slaves to righteous living. Uh, er, what? Freedom in Christ makes me a slave to something? Some explanation please? An attempt: as a “slave” to righteous living, righteous […]

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Slow of Heart

June 24th, 2017 · No Comments

Luke 24:25 (English Standard Version) And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! What does it mean to be “slow of heart?” How can you make your heart go faster? How do you make yourself believe faster? No, I don’t have answers. Sometimes […]

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What Things?

June 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Luke 24:19 (New Living Translation) “What things?” Jesus asked. “The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people. This is a great, two-word opening to a sermon. What things? […]

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Wholesome Thinking

May 6th, 2017 · No Comments

2 Peter 3:1 (New Living Translation) This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. Peter tries to stimulate wholesome thinking. This is a great goal of: writing speaking conversing living Please God, help me to be a […]

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Beyond Change and Decay

April 30th, 2017 · No Comments

1 Peter 1:3-4 (New Living Translation) 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept […]

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Angels are Sent to Care

April 29th, 2017 · No Comments

Hebrews 1:14 (New Living Translation) Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation. Consider a literal consideration of the above. Angels are sent to earth to serve those who follow after Christ. Angels are here to care for the bride of Christ. I like the sound of that. Perhaps […]

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Missing the Whole Point

April 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

1 Timothy 1:6 (New Living Translation) But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. What was the point? See yesterday’s post. Today…people have turned away from love and put all their energies into meaningless discussions. “Let’s try to figure out what […]

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The Purpose of Paul’s Instruction

April 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

1 Timothy 1:5 (New Living Translation) The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. Paul writes a letter of encouragement and instruction to Timothy. The purpose of the letter is simple, well, maybe not simple, but Paul […]

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The Visible Image

April 16th, 2017 · No Comments

Colossians 1:15a (New Living Translation) Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. This is the first line of what many believe is one of the oldest Christian songs. What an opening line. This is one of those “No duh” statements that I overlook, often. The creator God has not been seen, as we […]

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