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Bible Saturated Disciples

Jesus says, The Scriptures testify of Me. John 5.39 This past Sunday, I encouraged those who may not be on a Scripture reading plan to take three of Paul's letters (Galatians, Ephesians and Philippians) and read them from now until the end of February. Those letters have a total of 16 chapters. You could take a chapter a day with some extra days left or you could even rea...

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Advent, More of Jesus and Less of Me

Advent: More of Jesus, Less of Me And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospe...

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Christ Exalted in Life and Death

According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. Philippians 1.20 Not sure if you have heard of the name Charles Poland yet, but he is the brave and heroic bus driver who was killed while trying to keep a man from ente...

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Internalizing the Word (Psalm 119.9-16)

Psalm 119 is a beautiful poem of celebration and complexity. It is a lengthy work praising not the Scriptures, but the Author of the Scriptures. C. S. Lewis compared it to a piece of embroidery, done stitch by stitch in the quiet hours for the love of the subject and for the delight in leisurely, disciplined craftsmanship (Reflections on . . ., pp. 58-59). The second se...

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Fear God

Fear God. Ecclesiastes 5.7b This exhortation is found throughout the Scriptures. All people are called to fear God. We don't speak of this as often as generations before did. But, we are called to fear God. At our First Tuesday gathering this week I asked the men if they wanted the blessing of the Lord in the different spheres of their life? The Scriptures tell us that b...

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Not Forsaking Bible Study

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than go...

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Taking Advantage of the Summer with Our Children

The Summer allows for most parents to spend more time with their children. With the break from school and most likely later bed times the opportunity to have time with our children increases. With this in mind I want to encourage parents to take advantage of the increased time you have during the Summer with your children. Jesus definitely models for us throughout the New...

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Summer

Well it is Summer, even though it is really still Spring for a few more days. The kids are finally out and I am jazzed! There always seems to be a concern that I get around this time of year. It is the concern of the Summer blah setting in. The Summer blah can be when boredom sets in, along with laziness, complacency and inconsistency. This might seem passive or mild, but ...

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Treating People Biblically

In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7.12 How do you want people to treat you? The implication in this verse is that we would want to be treated biblically. That is the emphasis here on how one is to treat another and how they would want to be treated. Treating people biblically is a ...

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Coming Into the Sanctuary of God

Until I came into the sanctuary of God. Psalm 73.17 As we saw Sunday, Asaph's thoughts were tangled up as he was tempted by the prosperity of the wicked. This temptation seems to make him question God's goodness and the authenticity of his own faith. God's people, the pure in heart, will face temptation just like Asaph does. The question is, What do we do when the temptat...

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