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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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Preserving Our Freedom

Posted on July 9, 2020 at 10:10 AM

Dear Saints.

 

The July 4th celebrations of our national freedom always lead me to consider the true freedom God has given each of us in Christ. Paul urged us to, “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5: 1). This personal liberty we have in Christ serves as the foundation for all other forms of freedom we may enjoy. And like all other forms of freedom it isn’t free. I...

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Motives in Grace

Posted on July 1, 2020 at 10:25 AM

Dear Saints,

 

In these times of chaos and confusion it is important for us to realize that God is not really concerned with what we do as much as he is about why we do it. All our actions are motivated by one of two sources, the flesh or the Spirit. The motives of the flesh are fear, guilt, and pride whereas the motives of the Spirit are faith, hope, and love. Words and actions motivated by fear rather than faith, guilt rather than hope, and pride rather than love will ad...

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The Overcomer

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 1:30 PM

Dear Saints,

 

“Be not overcome with evil but overcome evil with good”. These words written by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans are a simple , but profound statement of the life believers are to live in this world. Certainly evil abounds in the world today just as it did two thousand years ago when these words were written and the need to overcome it with good is just as relevant today as then. But how do we do it? What does it take to overcome evi...

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More Than Conquerors

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 2:05 PM

Dear Saints,

We live in a strange time. People who are healthy have been quarantined and their lives disrupted. Businesses, churches, and schools have been closed. Social distancing and wearing masks is the new normal impacting our relationships. And the economy has suffered more than any terrorist attack on our country. On top of that, angry mobs have been rioting in the streets and law enforcement looks more like combat. While news pundits and politicians are quick to blame cert...

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Hope in the Chaos

Posted on June 10, 2020 at 10:20 AM

Dear Saints,

My heart is grieved by the state of our nation as reported by the media. I don’t ever recall a time in my life when the hatred and vitriol reported in the news was a severe as it is today. Even considering the fact, that I experienced firsthand the animosity of the anti-war protests of the late sixties I don’t remember the intensity of selfish hatred being reported like it is today. The betrayal of those who seek to protect and serve the communities in which ...

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