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Idolatry in Church

Idolatry in church. The title sounds ridiculous. Does it really happen? Is it even possible? Churchgoers don’t worship statues. They don’t pray to icons or to Mary. When gathered together, we worship the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ. Our songs sing His worth and our preaching expounds His character. But unfortunately idolatry is alive and well in the...

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To Fear or Not to Fear

How do you harmonize the wonderful “fear nots” in the Bible (Gen. 15:1; Is. 41:10; Heb. 13:6) with the repeated admonition to “fear the Lord” (Deut. 6:3; Acts 9:31; Col. 3:22)? Did you ever think about that? How can we fear God while He drives out our fear? The answer is found in a proper understanding of the fear of the Lord. The English word &ld...

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Making a Difference in Your Local Church

How can you make a difference in your church? I once asked an ordinary church member (if there is such a person...) this question. His reaction surprised and troubled me. This young man stated that he didn’t think he was in any position to make a difference in his local church. When I asked him why, he answered: "I am not in a position of influence."  It is not...

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Relationship and Rules

God made us and redeemed us. He knows how the Christian life functions best. We should therefore not be surprised that the Bible tells us how we should live. When you read Scripture carefully however, you discover that God’s statutes don’t exist in a vacuum. They are imbedded in God’s gracious redemption. He first establishes the relationship, then He gi...

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Everything Under Control

Does your life ever feel like a runaway train? Are you disillusioned and afraid when you think about the state of affairs in the nation? What about some of your other anxieties and concerns? Do you worry about your health, job security, church or (grand)children? Are you tempted to think that your problems are too big to solve and your troubles too complex to untangle? If...

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Nurturing Your Marriage

Every living organism on earth requires food to survive. This is most obviously true for the human body. If the body doesn’t receive the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and strong, it will become weak and eventually the person will die. We don’t tend to think in this organic way about our marriages, but we should. Marriage is not self-sustaining. There is n...

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A Test of Faith (Part 1)

It was a complete shock. While Zacharias was performing his priestly duties in the temple, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared. The angel spoke: “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John". (Lk. 1:13) God Almighty promised Zacharias and Elizabeth a son! His birth...

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A Test of Faith (Part 2)

“You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus” (Lk. 1:31). Nothing would ever be the same. Gabriel’s announcement changed Mary’s life completely and for always. The sudden appearance of the angel left her perplexed. But his message even more. Mary would conceive a child, but as a virgin. She would give birth to a...

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Ten Tools for Your Prayer Toolbox

Prayer is an amazing privilege. To think that Almighty God pays attention to our words is hard to believe, but true. And yet I find that many Christians struggle to pray. I certainly do. I am easily distracted and repetitive in what I say. And If I don’t watch out, my prayers are quickly reduced to reading items on a shopping list instead of a genuine, heart to heart...

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Signs of Spiritual Growth

You will find the pencil marks on pantry door frames or kitchen walls in many houses. Measuring your children’s height is fun, encouraging and shocking at the same time. Wow, you’ve grown that much?! Over time these height marks turn into little treasures. Some parents even refuse to paint over them. We mark growth because we expect growth. It is part of a chi...

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