Words of Encouragement

When he had gone through those regions and had given the believers much encouragement, he came to Greece…   (Acts 20:2) Paul returned to the congregations he had founded because he knew they needed support.  He encouraged them by saying that Jesus was always with them, proud of their efforts, and would share their struggles. Paul …

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Being All-In With God

He said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and will all your mind.’   (Mt. 22:37) I was meeting with a couple (I’ll call them John and Mary) before their wedding the next day.  While reviewing their vows, John said, “I’m having a hard …

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With Barnabas

When he [Paul] had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, brought him to the apostles, and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord...   (Acts 9:26-27) …

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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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Companions of Jesus

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus.   (Acts 4:13) On the Day of Pentecost 3,000 people were baptized.  The crowds became very curious about the disciples speaking in their own languages. They …

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Seek the Living Jesus

The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but then the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.’   (Lk. 24:5) It is Easter morning.  Some women have gone to Jesus’ tomb to anoint His body.  As they …

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Jesus and the Judgement Game

'Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.'    (Mt. 7:1) I saw three energetic boys—aged about 6, 8, and 10—as I was walking down the aisle in the airplane.  I hoped that I wouldn’t be seated in front of them, but I was. As soon as we were in the air those …

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We Are Never Alone

And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappointment us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts…  (Rom. 5:3-5) There are different kinds of suffering.  There’s suffering that’s senseless, brutal, devoid of hope.  …

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A Glimpse of God’s Face

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! ‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’ ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.’ (Ps. 27:7-8) “I can’t wait to see his little face. We’re so excited to see this beautiful baby boy’s face.” Recently one of my colleagues kept saying these …

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