Friends Worth Keeping

“Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend.” This is from Proverbs 27, a chapter that has lot to say about true friends. How many chose to ignore this counsel? Many who wander from these friends are very much lost, I am sorry to say. They go far from...

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When Culture Fails

These things I learned this week: That in the culture, individualism can be good, as long as I don’t make an idol of me. Culturally speaking, community is desired; but don’t make an idol of them. Who-a-person-is subjectively is discovered in receiving an objective identity; it is not found by...

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Value Pack

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? — shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.  Nay, in all these things we...

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The Power of Presence

Psalm 73 puts down in verse things that we have all thought at some time or another. We groan at the success of those seemingly so rooted in evil practices. The psalmist labeled such thoughts as envy as he made a confession. He related a series of observations on how...

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Worship, Wonder and War

I came to church as a guitar player who could sing a little. Over time, I developed some skill in leading worship with a small group in a coffee house. Those song sets were not so polished, but lots of fun. I can even say that the whole experience helped...

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The House of the Lord

“Let us go to the house of the Lord!” This represents an invitation, a joyful summons, as we read in Psalm 122, the third psalm in a series known as “Songs of Ascent.” The children of Israel sang this worship set of 15 songs as they marched to Jerusalem for...

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Indispensable

Indispensable  Some people are indispensable members of Christ’s body — they get superabundant honor. The list goes this way: 1) The feeble 2) The less honored 3) The uncomely  (These  are strength-less or weak). 4) Unbeautified, shapeless and not elegant. These groups often get kicked to the curb. Matthew 25:40  teaches, “Inasmuch as...

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The Dirt Disciples Are Made Of

Disciples are people who choose to give themselves to learning.  This is who we are when we come before Word of God. We’re disciples when we listen to a message from a pulpit; we’re disciples when we talk among ourselves about who God says He is; and we’re disciples as...

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Pictures of Unity

  Psalm 133 presents an interesting picture of family unity for us. Unity, the words of this psalm say, is like “precious oil.” So far, so good – there’s nothing objectionable about a flow of oil. Actually, oil does much good. It’s a prime ingredient in fine salad dressing; it...

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