Courage in Our Strange World

Proverbs 7 is a chapter about an unwise guy who wanders into trouble. It’s a scene that takes place in the twilight. A foolish young man has allowed himself to be led into temptation. And the results are not good. He falls into the trap set for him. It is...

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Holy as He is Holy

“…  As he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy’ (1 Peter 1:15-16). Be holy. It’s a tall order, too tall for us to reach really. And yet, there it is written for us. Given...

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Two Men

Two brothers approached and offered God yield of their life occupations. One offered a sheep, the other fruit. God respected one offering, the other, He rejected. The Genesis story describes two men and their God, two men shaped in iniquity, two men born outside the presence of the Almighty, two...

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Hearing, Confession and Conviction

In thinking about the Christian life, I am convinced that there are three important principles for us to understand. These are the practice of hearing, confession, and conviction. The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that “a threefold cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Together, these three things — hearing,...

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Perspective

When I was first introduced to studying the Bible, it was in the context of the King James version and I had a hard time with it. The old English employed in King James left me searching for meaning to many idioms of speech that the original translators utilized. For...

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Fixed Heart, Single Eye, Sound Mind

Because of His superabounding Grace toward us, we can firmly fasten our minds, fix our hearts, focus our eye on whatsoever things are honest, lovely, pure, true, of good report and that have virtue (Phil.4:8). This will spare us the pain of living with a heart divided from the Father's...

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Chain Breaker

“So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison....

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Leap into the River of God

“As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and He said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he rose and followed him” (Matthew 9:9). Sometimes you just have to jump into the River of God. The Lord, by the Holy Spirit, gets a grip...

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Learning How to Follow

The story of the Bible is the history of God leading His people through the wilderness. The clearest illustration of this is found in the books of Moses and the records of the Hebrew nation and their road to the promised land. It proved to each of God’s people that...

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