Our Adversary and Our Advocate

“Your adversary the devil …” Peter tells it straight. He understood the reality of Satan. And so should we. This Apostle saw and heard the demons as Jesus cast them out and muzzled their shrieks and cries. He felt the thick oppression of hell at Gethsemane when the atmosphere became...

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Get Big By Being Like a Child

“And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:2-4) Childish. Childlike. Two seemingly similar...

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The Ant: A Small Thing Worth Watching

“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise” (Proverbs 6:6) “There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make...

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Making Do with Donkeys

There are a couple stories about donkeys in the Bible. One of them was given a voice; another one gave Jesus a lift into Jerusalem. In the book of Numbers, we read of the talking donkey. There, we are told the story of the king of Moab who sought out...

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Spikenard, Myrrh and Camphire

Song of Solomon 1:12  While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. Song of Solomon 1:13  A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. Song of Solomon 1:14  My beloved is unto me as a...

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Gentleness That Makes Great

The message of Jesus slips through the cracks. It penetrates into places that we tend to think are closed and hostile because for the most part they are closed and hostile. Kings, queens, empires, and dominions tend not to appreciate challenges to their status. They like to be large and...

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The Corner of the Housetop

It’s better to dwell on the corner of the housetop than in a wide room with a brawling woman. That’s what Proverbs 21:9 tells us. And the principle it communicates apparently means so much that it is repeated word for word in Proverbs 25:24. The narrow way was spoken of...

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The Tower and the Ladder

The Tower of Babel brought people together for the wrong reason. Men and women were unified in their uniformity, dedicated to a construction project that they were sure would stand tall and speak for them. One language and one way of thinking existed. Bricks were fitted together with slime as...

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Pride: The Beast Within

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of those horror stories that we may know a little bit about. It was written in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island as a matter of fact. The crux of the novella revolves around the...

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Navigating Marriage

After 23 years of marriage, it is still a mystery to me. As we journey through life, we learn about the power of the Lord and the weakness of ourselves. Anything that is valuable must be invested in otherwise it devalues. Marriage is a personal investment. Many want a “quick...

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