A Biblical Basis for Addictions

Psychology Today defines addiction as “a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behavior despite detrimental consequences.” Spiritually speaking, the unbeliever is vulnerable to all kinds of maladies...

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The Orphan and the Lamb

Esther and Job, to me, are perfectly positioned in our Bibles. I consider it no coincidence that they are side by side, for both books say something significant about the nature and presence of evil. In Esther, we read about the conflict external, the battle that goes on around us...

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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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How Jesus Beat the Devil

Just after His baptism, Jesus was led into the wilderness under the leading of the Holy Spirit. The Savior spent 40 days there in prayer and fasting and in warfare with Satan. It was an extended season of temptation for the Son, of which we are given only a brief...

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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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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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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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Judas and John and the Glory of Love

Judas and John and Jesus. They spent so much time together through the three years of Jesus’ public ministry. They walked and talked together. Kingdom words were spoken and defined. The miracles of Christ played out in towns and villages, in the streets and at the Temple.  Blind men had...

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