Daily thoughts on the magnificence of our Great God. 

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Victory Ending in Depression?

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The ultimate purpose for discipline is not punishment for bad behavior. It’s an agent for change. The best discipline makes very clear the connection between the punishment and the errant behavior and offers an opportunity to get things right. I’m not sure the Israelites made the...

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When Pressure Wears You Down

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Pressure has a way of wearing us down and when we are under it, we are prime candidates for discouragement. Pressure can come from all directions. God had made clear through Moses that if the Israelites turned from Him to other gods, He would bring judgment. One of those instruments of...

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Even the Great Get Discouraged

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What causes people, even saved people, to be so despondent that they want to die, even to the point of praying that God would take their life? There were at least four individuals recorded in the Bible who begged God to take their lives, not because they were critically ill or in imminent...

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Looking to the Psalms to Change Our Thinking

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Have you ever wondered why there are so many references in the Psalms calling us to praise the Lord? If we stop and think even for a few moments about who He is and what He has done, surely that would result in praise. Except, it doesn’t – because we don’t often stop and think...

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Prepared for His Banquet

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Our hope in Christ is grounded in His promises to us. One of those promises is that the Lord will establish our hearts blameless in holiness when He comes. A good look at myself suggests a lot of work ahead. In fact, I wouldn’t believe it could happen, except that He promised! Right now...

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Delivered from the Wrath to Come

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Being delivered from the wrath to come sounds a bit like Lot being ushered out of Sodom before God poured down fire from heaven on the city. It sounds like a rescue, and it is, but it is way more. God’s wrath is His righteous anger against sin. We are sinners. As a just God, He must judge...

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One Who Is "in Christ"

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In our kids’ Adventure Club, we have been singing a little song called, “My Hope Is in the Lord.” The lyrics are, “My hope is in the Lord. I can count on Him. He will never let me go…” I think Paul would have approved! One of his favorite descriptions of a...

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In the Process of Making Us Like Christ

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“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely…He who calls you is faithful and he will surely do it.” “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” “And those whom he predestined he also called, and...

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In the Process of Sanctification

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As a kid, my heart was opened and God made efficacious His Gospel. I was saved. The penalty of sin, which is death, was forever eliminated. He granted to me eternal life! When Jesus returns, He will complete His work in me and present me blameless before Him. I will be saved in the fullest...

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God Doesn't Give Up on Us

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Noticing the greening of the grass I decided to make sure my lawnmower would start. Sure enough – it didn’t! So I began to tinker with it. I sprayed the carburetor, cleaned the spark plug, gave it a shot of starter fluid and pulled the cord. Nothing. Repeat. Nothing. After pulling...

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