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Dual Citizenship

Posted on October 16, 2020 at 12:40 AM

Dear Saints,

 

This being an election year it is no surprise we have conflict in our nation. While this year may seem to be more intense than previous years with violence in the streets of some cities, the struggle has always been there. Any nation founded upon biblical principles acknowledging the God of creation is bound to have conflict in this world. Our history is filled with intense conflicts, including a civil war, to ensure the freedom of our own citizens as well a...

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The Good News

Posted on October 8, 2020 at 10:35 AM

Dear Saints,

 

In a world full of bad news and fake news the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ shines like a light in the darkest part of the night. I am not talking about the “religious good news” offered by so many religious groups today. Their good news boils down to the kind of good news Paul described in his letter to the Galatian churches when he wrote, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto...

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The Law of Love

Posted on September 30, 2020 at 1:55 PM

Dear Saints,

 

Even a superficial reading of the New Testament reveals how important our relationships are to God. In every book or letter there is a major passage describing the way God wants us to relate to each other. The letters of the apostle Paul, comprising much of the New Testament, are filled with “ one another” statements concerning the way we should or should not interact with others around us. Clearly, God is not just concerned with our relationship...

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Living by Faith

Posted on September 24, 2020 at 11:45 AM

Dear Saints;

 

Living by faith sounds so good but is a real pain in the butt! Most Christians know that we are supposed to be living by faith. We are told that without faith it is impossible to please God, that whatsoever is not of faith is sin, and that the just shall keep on living by faith. Faith is a “biggie” as far as God is concerned. But what exactly are we supposed to trust when we live by faith? What are we going to believe in?

 

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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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