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It’s okay to have doubts as long as we look to God for validation

John the Baptist was a great man of God who knew he had a great calling and anointing on his life from the Lord. He was also very confident in his ministry and was rather blunt when he preached in the wilderness. When he was asked about whether or not he was Christ and who… Continue reading It’s okay to have doubts as long as we look to God for validation

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It’s frustrating to see the wicked prosper

I'll be honest. It's exasperating to see how often evil people get away with all their wicked schemes, especially when they become prosperous because of it, in the world or church. I've often wondered why God is quick to call my faults to my attention and put up hurdles or walls for me until I… Continue reading It’s frustrating to see the wicked prosper

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Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord

When we are targeted by our enemies, it is part of our human nature to want to actively defend ourselves, whether it's shouting a person down, using violence to defend against their violence, or taking them to court. Sometimes those reactions are justifiable. Then there are times the Lord may want us to handle things… Continue reading Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord

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Completely sanctified

God didn't give us our new nature so we would be spiritual or moral failures. As a matter of fact, if we are truly in Christ we can expect the Lord to completely sanctify us by the time we meet Christ face to face. This is what we can assuredly conclude from the following words… Continue reading Completely sanctified

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As ministers of Christ, we must be a pattern of good works

I have said this several times over the years in my posts, but it bears repeating. Everyone who believes in Jesus is a minister to some degree even if we have no degree from a university. Peter taught this in 1 Peter 4:10 which says, "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same… Continue reading As ministers of Christ, we must be a pattern of good works

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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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He draws us out of many waters

This past Friday, two women in South Haven, Michigan, came close to losing their lives unexpectedly on that town's south pier at Lake Michigan. As they walked along the pier, a flood of waves rushed in and pushed them off the side into the choppy waters. Fortunately, there were bystanders nearby who rushed onto the pier… Continue reading He draws us out of many waters

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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

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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?