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It’s mainly an endurance race, not a sprint

Endurance. Stamina. Patience. According to Hebrews 12, we must allow God to place these within us to make it all the way through to the end in our Christian life. As Paul states: 1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and… Continue reading It’s mainly an endurance race, not a sprint

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Spiritual growth–do I really want it?

When we tell ourselves that we desire spiritual growth in our personal lives and in our congregations are we really sincere about that? The apostle Peter offers us a good way to gauge whether or not we are sincere in 1 Peter 2 when he states the following: 1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and… Continue reading Spiritual growth–do I really want it?

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Selah in Shiloh to find our lots in life

When Joshua took over leadership of Israel after Moses's death, the nation continued to accomplish many things at Jehovah's command in order to settle the land they were blessed with. To commemorate what God had done for them up to that point, a solemn assembly was called together in Joshua 18 as a selah, a… Continue reading Selah in Shiloh to find our lots in life

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Awestruck by God’s manner of love

The apostle John in 1 John 3:1 expressed amazement at the fact that God loves us with a genuine love that is massive in both its quantity and quality when he said, "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world… Continue reading Awestruck by God’s manner of love

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The Father’s fair warning from a fruitless fig tree

In Christ's parable of the fruitless fig tree (Luke 13:6-9) we find not only a warning to the nation of Israel, but a warning to the church in general. Jesus said-- 6 ...A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 7 Then… Continue reading The Father’s fair warning from a fruitless fig tree

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God’s example of a deep, personal revival that really means something

When we need a personal revival and spiritual restoration in our relationship with the Lord, or if we've already experienced it and desire to maintain it, God's word is chock full of ideas for how to bring it about. In 2 Chronicles 29, we see examples of everything that is involved with or contributes to… Continue reading God’s example of a deep, personal revival that really means something

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The value of godly prudence

Chances are that if you are a saint who has sought out and embraced godly wisdom, you also have an attribute called prudence. What is prudence? According to Webster's 1828 dictionary, which defined words based on Biblical contexts, prudence is "wisdom applied to practice." Taking into account Bible verses that mention it, a prudent person… Continue reading The value of godly prudence

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Why we as saints can’t afford to rest on our laurels

In the academic world, once professors accomplish certain objectives, such as getting published, they gain tenure and are pretty much set for the rest of their career. When that occurs, all too often the result is that many become slackers in certain respects and tend to rest on their laurels. That can happen also in… Continue reading Why we as saints can’t afford to rest on our laurels

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Tough times can lead us to high places

No matter how well things go in one’s life, there is always the possibility of something unpredictable occurring that threatens one’s life, livelihood, or peace of mind.  If we were to look around and take stock of the familiar things and familiar people that are present in our lives, the things and people who give… Continue reading Tough times can lead us to high places

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Forever covered by God’s mercy and righteousness

We as humans in the overall scheme of things are frail, faulty, and finite, and all human inventions and man-made philosophies and religions tend to be the same. If we wish to authentically fulfill the deep desire in all of us to spiritually own something that is stable and dependable for ourselves and generations after us,… Continue reading Forever covered by God’s mercy and righteousness