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Motivations of the Heart

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

Have you ever noticed that God is not as concerned about what we do as he is why we do it? This may come as a shock to many, but God is not impressed with our performance in any way. According to the apostle Paul what we do or do not do doesn’t count with God at all (Galatians 5: 6). What he is looking for in us is not our performance, but our faith that is expressed in love for others. And because he reads our hearts like an open book, he is well aware of our mot...

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Perilous Times From the Flesh

Posted on October 10, 2019 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

 

In his second letter to his disciple, Timothy, Paul warns, “that in the last days perilous times shall come” and goes on to provide a lengthy list of some 19 characteristics of corrupted human nature. Clearly the perilous times he is referring to are a direct result of the what the Bible calls “the flesh” or sinful nature of the old persons we were before being born of the Spirit. While we have other spiritual enemies (Satan and ...

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Trusting the Comforter

Posted on October 3, 2019 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

Living is a fallen world in sin-cursed bodies that are also growing old and falling apart none of us can avoid suffering. Whether it be a simple inconvenience or a major problem in our lives no one is exempt from some kind trial that causes us pain. Despite our best efforts to avoid pain or at least anesthetize the hurt when we do suffer, all of us need the comfort promised by Jesus when he left his disciples in this world and ascended back into heaven. 

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Blessed Hope

Posted on September 26, 2019 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

An elderly custodian at a seminary was listening to the students debating various topics in the book of Revelation concerning the end times and the second coming of Jesus. When the students noticed he had paused from his work to listen they turned to him and asked his opinion on the topic. The old man just smiled and said, “Jesus wins!” No matter what we make of the details revealed in the last book of the Bible, the simple truth is that Jesus, the Lion...

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Closer Walk

Posted on September 18, 2019 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

There is an old hymn that expresses the deepest desire in the heart of every believer. It is called “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” and puts in words the longing of all who have been born of the Spirit to live out their new life in Christ daily. The lyrics are beautiful:

I am weak but Thou art strong, Jesus keep me from all wrong

I'll be satisfied as long, As I walk, let me walk close to Thee

When my feeble life is o'er, Time for me will...

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Praying for the Bahamas

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

My heart is grieved for the folks in the Bahamas. Having survived a few hurricanes in South Florida I can’t even imagine the suffering endured by those who were caught up in the furry of Dorian for over two days. We are just now beginning to learn about the devastation they will have to face on the long road to recovery. They will need our prayers and support for a long time to come. 

Nothing causes us to doubt the goodness of God and the hope of the gos...

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Vacation Nightmare

Posted on August 28, 2019 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

While traveling home from a wonderful vacation to the Colorado Rockies, my wife and I, along with three dogs (if you count Pedro the chihuahua) found ourselves stranded on the side of Interstate 57 in southern Illinois. Apparently, I filled up the truck with some contaminated fuel which, in time, blew the fuel system up. Not an easy fix on the side of a busy highway. Especially towing a 40-foot camping trailer. Thankfully we were able to get both the truck and the...

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All Members are Needed

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints, 

It takes a variety of members to make a body of Christ. Paul makes this point in his letter to the Corinthian church in which he seeks to correct their thinking about the members of the church (1 Corinthians 12). Like all organizations there are members we naturally consider being more important than others. They may seem to be smarter, more spiritual, funnier, or even more functional than others. These more popular members are given more honor and respect than th...

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Snapshot of Grace

Posted on August 13, 2019 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints, 

The writer of Hebrews provides us with a snapshot of the lifestyle of grace in the following verses, “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty con...

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Spiritual Brats

Posted on August 6, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

John assures us that those who fail to love don’t know God on this intimate and personal level. While they may be born of God, they are still “babes” in Christ and have not yet matured enough to care about much less love others. Such was the condition of the believers in Corinth when Paul wrote his first letter of rebuke and correction. In 1 Corinthians 3: 1-3 Paul writes, “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto c...

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