Daily thoughts on the magnificence of our Great God. 

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What Might Be Lacking in Our Faith?

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Faith is the content of what we believe and it is also the response to what we believe. It’s objective truth and subjective action. Writing to believers, concerned about pretenders, Jude instructed them to be “building yourselves up in your most holy faith.” Paul told the...

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A Mark of an Authentic Christian

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Perseverance is a mark of authenticity. When a person makes a profession of faith in Christ, we can’t see the transaction. Emotions and expressions of faith may be present, but the transformation from spiritually dead to alive in Christ can only be assumed. As time passes and afflictions...

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Anxieties Morphing into Peace

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The same Apostle who spoke of his anxious fear for the Thessalonians’ wellbeing also wrote, “Be anxious for nothing.” Among other things, that tells me Paul experienced a range of emotions that sometimes included fear and anxiety – just like the rest of us. But he also...

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Afflictions Are Real, But So Is God

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Afflictions are real and almost always present. And just because we are believers we do not get a pass. Afflictions can be just life-stuff in the form of physical, emotional, and circumstantial challenges. Afflictions can also be targeted attempts by the enemy to derail our hope in Christ. Often...

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Holding Fast Through Anxieties

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The guy who wrote, “be anxious for nothing” was anxious! He was fearful that a group of new believers would succumb to the pressures of living for Jesus in a hostile world. His anxiety was like our anxiety. He, like us, knew what might be, but not what was. He also knew the power of...

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Called to the Church

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In the book, Why We Love the Church, Kevin DeYoung writes, “The church is not an incidental part of God’s plan. Jesus didn’t invite people to join an antireligious, antidoctrine, anti-institutional bandwagon of love, harmony, and reintegration. To be sure, He showed people how...

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In His Safekeeping

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Regardless of the challenges we face, if we belong to Jesus, we have hope. Studying Jude, I was comparing translations. I checked five versions. And this is what I found. We are “beloved in God the Father”, and “sanctified by God the Father” (KJV). And as a testimony to...

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Without Wrath There Could Be No Loving Forgiveness

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A God of love for most is expected. A God of wrath for many is a different story. But Scripture speaks of God’s wrath being filled up against people who do not know His Son. God’s wrath spilled over, in Noah’s day, in the form of a universal flood. His wrath spewed out on...

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Effectively Engaging in the Word

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Home ownership is job security. There are always projects that need to be done and as one is completed three more are added to the list! Just being on the list counts for little. If the homeowner is not engaged in the project it will never happen. Paul told the Thessalonians that the Word of God...

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Walk in a Manner Worthy of God

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How is our walk in Christ? How do we measure or evaluate the quality of our walk in Him? Paul reminded the Thessalonians that he had “exhorted…and encouraged…and charged” them “to walk in a manner worthy of God.” I take that to mean our daily lives should be...

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