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Obstacles to Love

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 11:05 AM

Dear Saints,

 

The more I study what it means to love another person like Christ, the more I realize how difficult that may be. Our romantic idea of love is glamorized by books and movies to be something that is exciting for both the person doing the loving and the one receiving that love. But when the excitement wanes or obstacles get in our way romantic love soon disappears. The relationship which follows will often degenerate into a painful experience of defensive maneu...

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Supernatural Above

Posted on September 10, 2020 at 1:50 PM

Dear Saints,

 

For over forty years now I have known and taught that our loving others is the sure sign that we are followers of Jesus. At first, I did not really know what exactly that meant nor how to actually do it. Neither did I understand the difference between the divine love we are called to share with others and the natural human love we are used to. But I was sure that God wanted us to love each other regardless of the circumstance we find ourselves in. Slowly m...

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Listening to Jesus

Posted on September 3, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Dear Saints,

 

In the middle of all the current chaos of social unrest, political division, and pandemic fears there is a “still, small voice” of hope that can comfort and direct all who will listen. It is the voice of Jesus expressed by his indwelling Spirit in every believer who will be still long enough to hear it. It offers both comfort and direction to those who are willing to trust it. It is the personal assurance and work of the Comforter, the Spirit of ...

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Attack and Blessing on the Family

Posted on August 26, 2020 at 3:20 PM

Dear Saints,

 

Because the family system was designed by God to reflect his character of love it is little wonder that we have so much opposition. From the creation account in Genesis we learn that God intends to use the family system but the Enemy immediately tried to destroy that system through a subtle attack deceiving the woman and tempting the man. Using one of the most beautiful creatures God had made, the serpent, Satan deceived the woman into thinking that she reall...

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Enjoy the Storm

Posted on August 18, 2020 at 10:00 AM

Dear Saints,

 

We are living through some trying times. The pandemic is threatening us physically, economically, and socially. The political rhetoric is growing more intense and hateful, especially in this election year. The violence is escalating in our streets and communities and people are nervous and naturally looking for someone (other than themselves of course) to blame. It’s like we are in a raging storm with nothing but chaos and confusion all around us. As...

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No Complaining

Posted on August 13, 2020 at 11:05 AM

Dear Saints,

 

It’s easy for me to complain about the world falling apart and our nation “going to hell in a handbasket”. Politicians are corrupt liars, bureaucrats are lazy and selfish, and corporate executives are greedy and uncaring. The media focus is only on the negative and sensational, the rhetoric divisive, and the propaganda is confusing. Although I have learned to avoid a steady diet of the 24-hour news cycle on television I still get caught in ...

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A Chance to Shine

Posted on August 6, 2020 at 10:55 AM

Dear Saints,

 

From the moment Adam ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil human nature has remained totally depraved and wicked from generation to generation. Each child born into this world as a natural descendant of Adam inherits that selfish and self-centered nature that reveals itself in the various “works of the flesh” described by Paul in Galatians 5: 19-21 as, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these...

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Do Not Worry, Love Others

Posted on July 30, 2020 at 1:10 PM

Dear Saints;

 

One of the main problems I have with walking by faith is that it has a tendency to cause me to worry so much! Because faith is “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” it is impossible to walk by faith and see how everything is going to work out. In fact, the more I want to walk by faith the more evidence I see that things are not going to work out. I can imagine how they could work out, but I’m usually disapp...

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The Rapture

Posted on July 23, 2020 at 1:20 PM

Dear Saints,

 

The next major event on the prophetic calendar is what is referred to as the rapture of the saints. Although the word rapture is not actually used in the Bible it conveys the idea of “a catching away” referred to by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4: 15-18, “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from ...

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Babes and Brats

Posted on July 15, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Dear Saints,

 

What concerns me most about our culture today is not the blatant ungodliness (the inability to trust God) in every sector of our society, but the condition of the modern church. Besides the obvious problems associated with the manmade institutional church substituting religiosity for true spirituality and genuine religious entertainment for genuine love, the modern church today is filled with spiritual “brats”. These are believers in Jesus who hav...

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