The Heart That Discovers

“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7) While enjoying the water of the Delaware Bay at Lewes Beach last week, our family discovered a creature we had not seen before. It was small and translucent with a...

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The Ephesians and First Love

The church of Ephesus got off to a strong start and functioned as a faithful assembly for some years. Paul’s letter to this group of believers, written around the year AD 60, contains none of the corrective passages that we find his other church epistles. This city in Asia Minor,...

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Secrets

My secret has always been God, His presence, His Word, His life, His work. Have I done great things for God or man? No. Small stuff.  I need God for the small stuff — all my stuff is small. Truth is, I cannot measure or evaluate any degree or effect...

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A Man Like Us

Peter and his story are great gifts to us as believers. It is very easy to classify this man as the Super Apostle, the leader of the Twelve, the one who reportedly stands at the gates of Heaven. He was often bold and courageous. He was on hand for the...

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Flee, Follow and Fight

“But you, Oh man of God …” Those are the words of Paul, the veteran, church-planting, Bible-teaching missionary pastor. He directed them to one of his “sons” – Timothy, a young man from Lystra. This man became one of Paul’s most fruitful teammates in the work of spreading the Gospel...

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How to Answer Our Discontent

We can be people of very short memory. We forget and ignore what the Lord has done for us. Consider the people of Israel and how quickly they lost sight of how God worked for them. For 400 years plus, the descendants of Jacob lived as strangers in a land...

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Healthy Leadership

Leaders are the ones with all the answers, the ones who have done it right without mistakes, the ones who know everything. The brilliant ones who multitask with one eye shut and a hand tied behind their back. No. Usually, it is the weakest people who refuse to quit and...

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The Power of a Pebble

Stones are lively, livelier than we think they are. We know this in one way because of the words of  Peter, an Apostle of Christ. Simon met Jesus, at the insistence of his brother Andrew. These fishermen were being introduced to the Lamb of God. He was pointed out to...

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Simon and the Touch of the Spirit

This is the oft-misunderstood story of Magic Simon. Simon was a something of a wizard, a conjurer in Samaria, as we read in Acts 8. He astonished people with his tricks and his words. He held audiences captive and became a great celebrity over his years there. He had status...

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Start with the Feet

Feet. That’s what Jesus started with when He set His Church in motion. We tend to view Acts 2 as the Bible chapter that describes the birth of the Church.  The Holy Spirit did come, then and there, as a mighty rushing wind to those gathered together in prayer, filling...

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