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The Greatest Gift

Just as the presents under our Christmas trees have specific names on them, so too did God send Jesus into the world to provide forgiveness and eternal life for individuals.

Thanks-Living

How would it change our Thanksgiving Day if instead of sharing the traditional things for which we are thankful—health, a good job, etc., we said that we were grateful for a trial in our life? Trials are not punishment but a petri dish for growing our faith.

Reality Check!

God’s word is absolute and authoritative truth (John 17:17), whose moral standards and merciful Savior we reject to our culture’s peril and our eternal punishment.

Forever Free

As grand as it is to live in the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” there is a freedom more precious and permanent purchased at great price.

Sweet Aroma or Pungent Odor?

Spring is supposed to bring flowers with their bright colors and pleasant aromas. A relationship with Christ is supposed to produce within His followers “the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Excited About Empty

I got into our car only to discover that the gas tank was nearly empty. I was not excited about empty. Recently I reached into a granola bar box only to realize that it was empty. I was not excited about empty. Empty is not usually exciting, but every year at this time, Christians are very excited about an empty tomb.

Resolution Responses

Good servants of Christ “train for the purpose of godliness.” Training is neither natural nor accidental, but deliberate and intentional. Let’s be intentionally spiritual in 2019!

Remember Joy

Christians should have a monopoly on joy because of what Christmas celebrates: The coming of a quite literal bundle of Joy, Jesus our Lord and Savior, bringing joy to the world.

The Dark Path of Covetousness

When we covet what our neighbor has it takes our focus off what we have and puts it on what we think is missing. The covetousness forbidden in the 10th commandment is basically a form of the idolatry forbidden in the first, where we ignore God’s provision to us and look to objects or status for our ultimate satisfaction and identity.

Prayer As A Priority

Our proclivity to participate in what we deem profitable reveals that gathering as a church family to pray is not very high on the priority list.

Set Free

Our celebration of Independence Day has come and gone, but I wonder if we know what it really means to be “set free” in our personal lives.

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