The reason for hope

“But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” – 1 Peter 3:15. Hope, it is often said, is the thing that makes the world go round....
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Advancement through suffering

Suffering is rarely a tool one thinks of when considering how to advance their agenda. But God operates on a different plane than we do. Suffering is one of the primary tools God uses to advance his purposes because, I believe, it is the tool to which we are most likely to...
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A Light Shining in the Darkness

A Light Shining in the Darkness One of the things I remember about summer camp as a kid was the blanket of sheer darkness that enveloped our camp at night. It was pitch black, devoid of almost any light; you could literally not see your hand in front of your face. But another...
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Critical Comfort for Suffering Saints

Throughout turbulent periods of human history, the question is often asked, “Where is God in all of this?” Whether in famine or war, disaster or epidemic, people are prone to look to God for help in understanding their dire circumstances. People want to know why this has happened...
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A Time for Truth

“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm...
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A Firm Foundation in Troubled Times

The foundation of a house is what supports the entire structure. If the foundation isn’t built correctly, then the structure will eventually be destroyed by the forces of nature which constantly work against it. As rain and wind, earth and sky batter the structure of a home, the...
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Forsaking Traditions

The Scandal of the Gospel Mark 2:18-22 The gospel of Jesus Christ is not about living up to someone else’s preconceived notions of what is proper. The gospel is also not about avoiding offending someone else’s worldview. Jesus was and is about the business of stirring up trouble....
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Found Among Sinners

The Scandal of the Gospel.   Found Among Sinners In Mark 2:13-17 we see the heart of Jesus on display. In this encounter of calling a disciple we see Jesus’ love for all kinds of sinners, even those society deems irredeemable. We see his initiative in seeking them out with...
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Trust God’s Promise

Philippians 1:6 | And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Ahh, the finish line! What a great day that will be! One day we will finally reach the finish line of the Christian life and receive the prize...
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Live Intentially

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 | 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not...
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