Standing Firm in Your Faith

If you do not stand firm in faith, you shall not stand at all.   (Isaiah 7:9) Hurricane Harvey dumped 50” of rain on Houston.  Once I could get out of my neighborhood, I spent a few days at the shelters.  I then spent a few days helping some friends demo their homes. Imagine losing everything …

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Following Jesus

Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’    (Mt. 16:24) Are you all-in?  Do you live with urgency, conviction, and purpose?  Or, do you hesitate, dabble, hedge your bets, play it safe? One of the most striking characteristics …

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In The Kingdom Business

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church…  (Mt. 16:18) I’m tremendously grateful for the church.  I’m grateful for its worship and fellowship; its ministry to needy people; and its service to the world.  I’m grateful for the many times the church has given care and solace …

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Faith Lost and Then Found Again

Then Job answered the Lord: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted…. Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.’   (Job 42:1-3) His name was Will.  He was a retired clergy person who …

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Delighting God’s Heart

No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: ‘In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.’   (Acts 2:16-17) I will …

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God’s Love in Christ Jesus

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers…nor anything else will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (Rom. 8:37 passim) I recently attended a funeral.  It was a sad funeral for many reasons, one of which is that the man …

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Our Struggles With Faith

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails …

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Waiting Upon the Lord

Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  (Is. 40:30-31) Have your tasks ever felt greater than your …

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Struggling With Our Doubts

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.   (Mt. 28:16-17) I’m encouraged that some disciples doubted even when the resurrected Jesus was right in front of them because I sometimes have my own doubts.  My issue isn’t …

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Trusting in God’s Grace

Therefore, confess your sins to one another…  (Jas. 5:16) I was in my twenties, on my knees, confessing my sins to a monk, and I heard him snoring. When I loudly coughed he woke up for a few moments, but then he fell asleep again. I was miffed he was so inattentive.  I thought my …

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