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A never-ending battle (I Chronicles 20:4-8)

If there was one enemy that often came against the Israelites, it was the Philistines. Time and again, the Israelites conquered them. Time and again, the Philistines came back to war against the Israelites. In the same way, as Christians, … Continue reading

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James 1:13-18 — For our good

“Why is God doing this to me? Does he want me to fall?” Sometimes, as we go through trials, that’s how we feel. That God actually wants us to fail so that he can punish us. But nothing could be … Continue reading

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James 1:1-8 — That we may be mature and complete

What is God’s intention and desire for us? In a word, “wholeness.” That we would be whole in our relationship with him. That we would be whole in our relationships with each other. That we would be whole in every … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 10:12-13 — Warning and encouragement

In this passage, we see both warning and encouragement concerning temptation. First Paul writes, So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (12) I think this was especially pertinent for those who thought they … Continue reading

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I Corinthians 7:1-5 — Sex in marriage

The need for sex is a very strong one.  I think one reason God created us that way was so that people would come together in marriage and have children together. And yet, as I mentioned yesterday, there are special … Continue reading

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Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62; John 18:15-18, 25-27 — Taking a hard look at ourselves

We’ll get to the trial of Jesus in the next few blogs, but first, I’d like to deal with Peter.  It’s a bit tricky trying to harmonize the gospels on this point because there are variations in the testimony.  If … 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 5:29-30 — Whatever it takes

My favorite sports team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and back in the 70s, their coach was a man named Chuck Noll.  Noll had a saying, “Whatever it takes.”  In other words, “We do whatever necessary to win the game (within … Continue reading

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Matthew 4; Mark 1; Luke 4 — Following the Father

Happy New Year all! I suppose there’s no better way to start the year then remembering who we are to follow heading into the New Year.  It’s the person whom Jesus followed while he walked this earth, and you see … Continue reading

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Psalm 141– Lead me not into temptation…

As Psalm 140 was a prayer similar to our Lord’s in asking for deliverance from evil, Psalm 141 continues that theme and adds the other part of that verse in the Lord’s prayer. Lead us not into temptation.  (Matthew 6:13) … Continue reading

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II Kings 23:29-30; II Chronicles 35:20-27 — One bad choice

Choice.  It is a gift.  And a responsibility.  Every day, we have choices in life that we face.  Some choices are mundane.  What to have for breakfast.  Whether to drive or take a bus or train to work. Other decisions … Continue reading

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