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Facing a Task Unfinished

God has called us to make disciples of all nations (Mat. 28:18-20). This may seem like a huge and daunting task. What can we do? What should we do? There are multiple options, but prayer should be at the top of the list. It is something all of us can do. In fact, Jesus commanded us to pray: “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore pray earnestly ...

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Who Killed Jesus?

“Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief” (Is. 53:10) “This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” (Acts 2:23) “For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both ...

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If There Is No Resurrection

The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the foundation of our faith. It's not the icing on the doctrinal cake, it is the cake. The apostle Paul gives us a list of the detrimental consequences if there would be no resurrection. If there is no resurrection from the dead then: Christ has not been raised Our preaching is useless Our faith is empty We ar...

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What the Bible Says About Children

1.  Children are loved by God (Joh. 3:16; Mark 10:13,14) 2.  Children are unique, image bearers of God (Gen. 1:26) 3.  Children are a blessing from the Lord (Ps. 127:3-5) 4.  Children are vulnerable (Mat. 18:6) 5.  Children are an example of faith (Mark 10:15) 6.  Children are able to know and honor God (Mat. 21:15-17) 7.  Children ...

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I Am Angry

Almost all of us are angry at times, right? Anger is one of the emotions with which God has created us. We mirror God in this way because we find in Scripture that God is a God of wrath. So anger in itself is not wrong (Eph. 4:26). It is striking however, that we rarely evaluate our anger. God’s anger is always pure, holy and righteous; He is God! Our anger often is...

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A Sufferer Needs a Friend

If you are familiar with the story of Job you would probably agree with me that his friends were awful counselors. Their advice was not helpful for Job, on the contrary. With their false assessment that his suffering  was the result of his sin they only made matters worse. On top of it all, they misrepresented God. Job’s friends are not skilled physicians of the...

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Bleeding Bible

“Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God” (2 Sam. 16:23). Wouldn’t it be amazing to have someone in your world who would be this full of God’s truth? No wonder that this man was esteemed highly both by King David and his son Absalom. This verse makes me think about a comment the great preacher Char...

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The Greener Grass

The Greener Grass Conspiracy by Stephen Altrogge is a helpful little book. It hits a nerve with almost everyone who reads it, including myself. The subtitle says it all: Finding Contentment on Your side of the Fence. The author helps us to do battle with discontentment by steering us back to the truths of the Gospel. You can find the first chapter online. The habit of dis...

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The Way of the Transgressor

King Saul is a prime example in Scripture of someone who started well, but finished poorly. His first actions as ruler of the nation were spot on. But after his flagrant disobedience of the Lord’s command (1 Sam. 13:13) he soon spiraled down and landed in a deep pit of insanity and evil. In 1 Samuel 28 Saul is about to do battle against the Philistines. It will prov...

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Take Care How You listen

How often do we leave the church service unaffected? How about unchallenged? How frequently do we go home invigorated, encouraged or, dare I say it, changed? Going to church can easily equal going through the motions. Why? One reason is easily overlooked: we come unprepared. “Hey, be happy we’re here”, a father and mother of three small children may prot...

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