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Renewed in the Spirit of Your Mind

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints;

The need for the renewing of our minds is clearly revealed by Paul in his letter to the Ephesian church (Ephesians 4: 17-24). Warning us against “walking” or living like non-believers he describes their problem as “the vanity of their mind”. This refers to being what might be called a “spiritual air head” which Paul goes on to describe as being confused, ignorant and blind. This natural condition of the mind is painful and leads to a s...

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Our Reasonable Service

Posted on October 31, 2019 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12: 1,2 

Presenting these bodies as a living sacrifice means we are giving up our own self-improvement p...

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Look in the Mirror

Posted on October 24, 2019 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Dear Saints; 

Many believers fall into a dangerous trap of thinking, “Now that I am a Christian, I’m going to have to change my ways or God will not bless or maybe even curse me.” This spiritual trap is not new since it has been used by the enemy for the last two millennia. It is an effort on the part of Satan to divert our attention from what God says is true about us and trusting him to work in our lives to an unhealthy obsession with our own knowledge of good...

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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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