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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.

Doorways

Inevitably, death’s door opens for us, but Jesus’ resurrection means those who trust in Him will have their own resurrection and can enter without fear.

Easter Enthusiasm

Mid-way through Lent I wonder if any of us who profess to be Christians are “seasonally challenged”—a bit confused by what we are doing in this season. Confusion can dampen our enthusiasm, so as we approach Easter I want to clarify two possible areas of confusion.

Come and See

Invitations can be simple yet powerful. Jesus’ first disciples encountered the Lord through the simple invitation to “come and see.”

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