For The Sake Of The Gospel

“I do all things for the sake of the gospel.” I Cor. 9:23a (NASV) Really Michael, do you do all things for the sake of the gospel? Did I buy my car for the sake of the gospel, or, conversely, did I refrain from buying a car for the sake...

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Identity

Who are you Michael? And I begin to talk about Christ: I am a man who is eating the Bread of Life: Jesus Christ. I am walking in The Way by the Light of World: Christ and Christ again. I am clay on a wheel being molded as it pleases...

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Adopted, Not Enrolled

I am so glad God told us that with salvation we are adopted into a family rather than telling us He has enrolled us into a school. We have a Father, not a headmaster. We have brothers and sisters, not classmates. We remain sons and daughters, we do not become...

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God Does Not Pout

God does not pout, He does not sulk; He is faithful. If the clay vessel He is making is spoiled in His hands He does not throw that clay away in irritation, He does not get up and stomp off muttering under His breath how lousy the clay is. God...

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Writing With God (part 2)

We are engaged to God in a relationship that has made us free. I am made free to walk by the Spirit, and I am made free to write by that same Spirit. The walking is wondrous and the outcomes marvelous. When I choose to write with the God that...

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Sitting Across From The Treasury

One man sits across from the treasury, one lone man quiet. One thousand million suns, the furnace of creation, burn because He said “Ignite!” And the walls of the universe hold because He told them “do not tumble down.” And this man watches a woman widowed and old, two coins...

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Interest In The Things Of Others

Phil. 2:1-4 “If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one...

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The Tongues Of Men

I Cor. 13:1 “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” (NASV) But if I do have love, and learn a tongue of man, then I will be speaking love, deliverance, and...

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The Fear Of The Lord

“So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.” Acts 9:31 (NASV) When you see the fear of the Lord, what do you...

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