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A prayer (2 Thesalonians 1:11-12)

Father, I pray that you will make me worthy of your calling. By your power fulfill my every desire to do good and my work produced by faith. I pray this so that the name of the Lord Jesus will … Continue reading

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Our response to troubled times (Romans 12)

I truly love this passage. I could probably write 12 sermons based on it if not more. 🙂 But in these troubled times, the scripture that stood out to me was verse 12.  Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; … Continue reading

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A prayer (Acts 22)

And he said, ‘The God of our ancestors has appointed you to know his will, to see the Righteous One, and to hear the words from his mouth, since you will be a witness for him to all people of … Continue reading

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The one who understands our suffering (Mark 15/Psalm 22)

As I was reading Mark 15 this morning, I thought about Jesus’ words “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus was of course quoting from Psalm 22, and as I read it, I came across these words. … Continue reading

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A prayer (Jeremiah 32:38-41)

It’s always good not only to read scriptures, but to pray them. And as I read this passage today, it led me to pray. May it be your prayer today as well. Father, You are my God, and I am … Continue reading

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Our hope for a lost world (Jeremiah 16)

Jeremiah had a pretty depressing job. He was preaching to a nation that was being judged for their sin, and God had outright told him to stop praying for the nation. That even if Moses or Samuel prayed for Israel, … Continue reading

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A prayer (Jeremiah 1)

O Lord, you chose me before you formed me in the womb. You knew me, and set me apart before I was born. You called me as your child, and as your priest, declaring your praises to the nations. (John … Continue reading

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Following God, seeking his will. (Joshua 5)

As I was reading today’s passage, I thought about prayer. In this passage, the commander of the army of the Lord appears to Joshua. Most likely, that was Jesus himself, hundreds of years before he came to this earth as … Continue reading

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United in prayer (Acts 1)

Recently, I’ve been thinking of the importance of God’s people praying together. And so verse 14 really struck me today. They all (the Christians) were continually united in prayer. How often are we, God’s people, united in prayer? How often … Continue reading

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Spiritual amnesia (Ephesians 1)

It is so easy to forget as Christians. We forget how much God has blessed us. We forget how he chose us before the foundation of the world. We forget the riches of his grace that he has lavished on … Continue reading

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I Peter 4:1-7 — Living for the will of God

From the very beginning of the letter, Peter made something very clear that he gets back to here. In chapter 1, verse 2, he let us know that we were chosen by God for obedience to Jesus Christ. And this … Continue reading

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James 5:15-20 — A faith that pursues

The letter of James ends rather abruptly compared to a lot of the letters that you see in the New Testament. But it ends with one of its main themes: a faith that expresses itself in love. And here we … Continue reading

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James 5:13-18 — A faith that prays

As I said before, a lot of James at first glance seems disjointed, but the more that I’ve read this book, the more I’ve come to see the overall flow of it. And here James comes back to an idea … Continue reading

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I Timothy 2:8 — Manning up

No, this has nothing to do with Peyton or Eli or any football player for that matter. 🙂 It has everything to do with being a man. The man that God has called all Christian men to be. In verses … Continue reading

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I Timothy 2:1-7 — Where our battle starts

In chapter 1, Paul starts by condemning those who were stirring up all kinds of controversies based on false doctrine that were taking the Ephesian church away from its main mission: to spread the gospel to those around them (1:3-6). … Continue reading

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I Thessalonians 5:16-28 — Because the Lord is coming (part 2)

As Paul concludes this letter, he gives the Thessalonians some final instructions on how to live in light of the Lord’s coming. He told them, Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for … Continue reading

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Colossians 4:2-4 — Praying behind the front lines

I wonder if we understand just how important our prayers are behind the front lines. There are so many people, pastors and missionaries especially, who are out there on the front lines. And many times, we act as if they … Continue reading

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Colossians 1:1-14 — A prayer for all believers

If you ever want to pray a prayer for a fellow Christian but are not sure how to do it, and you want to go beyond a simple, “bless so-and-so,” you don’t have to look any further than the prayers … Continue reading

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Ephesians 6:10-24 — Standing together in prayer

As we close Ephesians, we close with the same drum we’ve been beating for the last 4 chapters:  unity. Paul has been talking about the spiritual war we are in, and after talking about the armor of God we are … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 10:1-8 — Tearing down Satan’s strongholds

I suppose the more that we look at the world around us, the more it seems like Satan has set up his strongholds in our culture.  Certainly we see it the moral shifts that have occurred in America over the … Continue reading

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II Corinthians 1:10-11 — The importance of our prayers

Do our prayers really make a difference?  Or would God have just done what he was going to do anyway, even without our prayers? I think Paul definitely had his opinion on the matter.  He said concerning his trials, He … Continue reading

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Romans 15:30-33 — Supporting those on the front lines

It is easy, sometimes, to forget that we are in a spiritual war.  But we are. And many people are out on the front lines sharing the gospel.  Some are doing ministry at home.  Others are in foreign countries.  But … Continue reading

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Acts 2:42-47 — Devoted to praying…together

Before I get into today’s topic, a note. I’ve been thinking about the last few blogs I’ve written, and praying about whether I’ve been perhaps too harsh on those who are “Dones.”  I’m honestly not sure. Here’s what I can … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1 — Weak

Nobody ever said Satan fights fair.  And he doesn’t.  When he sees us in our weakness, whether it be physically or emotionally, he will attack. You see this in these passages.  When Jesus and his disciples arrived at the Garden … Continue reading

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John 17:11-15 — Prayed for in the midst of a hostile world

If there’s one thing I see in this passage, it’s the tender care that Jesus has for us as he prays for us. And he does pray for us. So often we pray for others.  But Jesus, as our high … Continue reading

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John 16:16-33 — Finding peace and joy

It’s very clear from this passage that all that Jesus was saying was weighing heavily on the disciples, mostly because they were so focused on the idea that Jesus was leaving.  As a result, it overshadowed everything else he was saying. … Continue reading

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John 14:12-14 — Powerful promises

Jesus made some pretty amazing promises here.  The type that make you say, “Really?  Are you serious?” Jesus said, I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.  He will do even … Continue reading

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Matthew 18:18-20 — Loosening God’s hand in those who hurt us

This passage is similar to what we see in Matthew 16, and I have to admit, both are difficult to interpret within the context. In Matthew 16, Jesus talks about binding and loosing.  That whatever you bind on earth would … Continue reading

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Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30 — Persistence, humility, and faith

One wonders exactly what Jesus was thinking throughout this conversation with this woman, and in what kind of tone did he speak to her. Jesus, after his confrontation with the Jews, actually left the confines of Israel and went to … Continue reading

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Matthew 7:7-11; Luke 11:1-13 — The Father who gives good gifts…generously

In America, there are some Bible teachers that say that if you want something from God, just claim it in Jesus name, and he has to give it to you. For a lot of these people, God is like their … Continue reading

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Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4 — A daily spiritual battle

Every day, we are fighting a spiritual battle.  That’s why Jesus instructed us to pray, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.  (Matthew 6:13) We’re living in an evil world, in which the prince … Continue reading

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Matthew 6:7-8 — Empty words

Prayer is simple.  And yet somehow, it is difficult. At its base, prayer is simply talking to God, just as you would talk to any other person. If that’s all prayer is, why is it so difficult sometimes then?  I … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 2-3 — Rebuilding the walls

Nehemiah had a massive task ahead of him as he looked to repair the walls around Jerusalem. But it was an important one.  As long as the walls were down, the Jews were defenseless against their enemies.  And so after … Continue reading

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Daniel 10 — War

A long time ago, a book came out called “This Present Darkness,” by Frank Peretti.  It was a fiction book, but after reading it, it really made me think about the the spiritual warfare that goes on that we can’t … Continue reading

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