Identity — from Within or Without?

Romans 14:16 teaches:  “Let not then your good be evil spoken of.”  “Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemns not himself in that thing which he allows.” Romans 14:22 “But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing...

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A Laughing Matter

Sarah laughed. She really couldn’t help herself. She had heard something remarkable; no, she’d heard something impossible. That’s the danger of being an eavesdropper, of trying to satisfy curiosity with the strain of the ear toward a conversation.  In such a case, one can never be quite sure as to...

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Names Written in Heaven

It’s good to read about Jesus. It’s time well spent to look at the gospel stories and pay attention to what the Savior did and said during His days on earth. I am especially stirred right now by some things that we read in chapters 10 and 11 of Matthew....

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The Complexity of Life and True Liberty

Life presents certain complexities, and within a course of life, choices impair or facilitate the better way. For example, a grandfather rates hanging with his grandchildren a top priority. He is enamored by the sweet exchanges, and they love him. But, he has a second love and that one presents...

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From Rejection to Worship

Jacob’s 11th son, Joseph is a picture of one who overcame rejection and became the second most powerful man in Egypt. His life is a testimony of the way God can use anyone to be victorious in spite of incredible opposition and betrayal by even his own family. “Now Joseph...

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‘Let My People Go’

Moses came to face Pharaoh just as he was. By appearances, there was so little about him to recommend his status as a diplomat. He was clothed and equipped with the garb and the tool of a shepherd. He came from the rugged environs of Midian. He had arrived with...

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Resurrection and Our Holy Ground

“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead. …” (2 Timothy 2:3) Paul wrote these words to Timothy, a son in the faith to the apostle, a fellow laborer, and a brother in the Lord. This led off a series of instructions from one whose life would soon be ended by...

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Noah, the Ark, the Ant and the Crumb

Definition, direction, design, detail – these are words of concentration and understanding. They are also words that show us the way of God’s eternal activity. It is with these things that the Lord has answered what is formless and void. We see this at once in Genesis. The darkness was...

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The Priesthood of the Believer

One of the most important principles derived from the Protestant Reformation is the priesthood of the believer. Martin Luther wanted Christians to understand that, in God’s eyes, the people were not second-class citizens as compared to the clergy or the nobility. Instead, new covenant believers are all saints, kings, and...

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