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Experienced enough to call for help

This past Friday, June 8, a helicopter rescue team in northern New Zealand was sent out after they received a distress signal from a beacon in the hilly forests of the Urewera Ranges. They ended up rescuing a man who was an experienced outdoorsman. He had been hiking and camping for several weeks on his own… Continue reading Experienced enough to call for help

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Passionate authenticity

The time of King Josiah in Judah was a time of revival as he restored the worship of Jehovah to its rightful place in society. However, in the midst of that revival, many Jews still held on to idolatry. The time of great revival was also a time of great hypocrisy. In that seemingly great… Continue reading Passionate authenticity

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Whether it’s church discipline or forgiveness, it should be about love

Churches dealing with hard topics and situations has been the norm for the Christian church from the beginning. It's imperative for congregations to strike a balance in love and wisdom regarding how to handle people who threaten to weaken an assembly with their sinful behavior. This is what I learned from Corinth's challenges. In 1… Continue reading Whether it’s church discipline or forgiveness, it should be about love

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Keeping ourselves in the love of God

From Genesis to Revelation, there's no doubt that all who set examples for us in our relationship with God recognized that we are laborers together with God (1 Corinthians 3:9). When God does his part, he expects us to do ours in order to bring about the desired outcome. Jude 20-21 is a reminder that… Continue reading Keeping ourselves in the love of God

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God never forgets our actions that accompany salvation

Hebrews 6 begins with some spiritual concerns over some in the church who were falling away from the faith or had already done so. Their actions revealed they were not real Christians. However, the writer (who I believe to be Paul) then proceeds in the middle of the chapter on a positive note of encouragement… Continue reading God never forgets our actions that accompany salvation

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Striving together in prayer

Before I get into the subject of this post, I just want to say thank you to all of you out there who have ever prayed to the Lord for me or who will pray for me at some future time. Your prayers have made and will make a huge difference, whether you know it… Continue reading Striving together in prayer

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Faithful ambassadors

When our Heavenly Father draws us to himself to be saved, among the many things that come with that relationship is the fact he employs us as his ambassadors, authorized representatives and/or messengers for his kingdom. It is truly an honor to hold that distinction for the King above all kings. As his representatives, we… Continue reading Faithful ambassadors

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Our steadfast faith helps comfort troubled believers

We may often take our Christian duties for granted, but remaining faithful to the Lord can end up being an unforeseen spiritual boost for a brother or sister in Christ who is going through a hardship in their lives. This is what Paul expressed to the Thessalonians when he wrote to them as he was… Continue reading Our steadfast faith helps comfort troubled believers

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Where true saints should never fear to tread

Right before Moses died, he gave Israel a rousing benediction in Deuteronomy 33. It may have been addressed to that ancient nation, but the principle of that Holy Spirit-filled benediction can be applied to Christ's church, the spiritual Israel (see Galatians 6:15-16; Ephesians 2:12-13). Nevertheless, to be clear when I say that, I  don't mean… Continue reading Where true saints should never fear to tread

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Love, the bond of perfection

Among the many good qualities a Christian should possess in their relationship with God and other people is Christian charity, also known as selfless, unconditional love. It's a theme we are constantly reminded of throughout the New Testament. As a matter of fact, Paul said it was so important that it should be considered the… Continue reading Love, the bond of perfection