Gather Your Courage

Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for the kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Jesus. Mark 15:43 Joseph took a real risk by asking for the body of Jesus. In a sense, he was […]

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Three Ways to be a Faithful Christian Over the Long Haul

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1 In our drive-by, fast-paced, instant-everything culture, we are not in the habit of […]

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Why Was God Walking?

“They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8 I’ve always loved the beauty and simplicity of this scene. In the quietness of […]

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What’s Your “Go To” Point?

  “ . . . fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:2   Sometimes on a long climb I’ll employ an old trick my dad taught me years ago to help me get up a mountain. I’ll pick out “go-to” points. A go-to point is a rock or a […]

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Like the Nations

  Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations. 1 Samuel 8:5 Christians are supposed to be different. We live by a different set of rules. A different set of values guides us. That is why it is very important for us to not grow enamored with what culture is doing […]

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Prayer and Spiritual Warfare

  The following is from my book, Pray Big for Your Life.  We Win When Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead three days later, he totally and completely broke the back of Satan. The two primary weapons the devil had at his disposal—sin and death—were overcome by Christ in his victorious […]

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A Welcome Rebuke

  Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; it is oil upon the head; do not let my head refuse it. Psalm 141:5 I love this verse. I’ve loved it for years. It reminds me of who I want to be. David—a mighty man, a brilliant warrior and leader–wanted men in his […]

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Who Does God See

“For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, to him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” Isaiah 66:2 There is a direct relationship between a person’s humility before God and the favor […]

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Five Ways to Teach Your Kids about God

Tell your sons about it, and let your sons tell their sons, and their sons the next generation. Joel 1:3 God never intended for faith to be merely caught. It must be taught. Yes faith is contagious, but the Bible is filled with verses calling parents, grandparents and role models to be very deliberate about […]

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Turn North

  You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north. Deuteronomy 2:3  Basically, this verse represents God telling us to move on. The people of Israel had found comfort and safety in the circling Mt Seir. They had just lost a terrible battle, and they fled to the region of Seir for protection. They […]

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