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  • Is Fasting for Today?

    Is Fasting for Today?IntroductionThe subject of spiritual disciplines comes and goes as a popular topic for Christian authors and teachers. When in vogue, most listings of spiritual disciplines include fasting as one of the desired if not essential practices. Whether in a corporate setting, be it church wide or national, or for individuals, fasting is often touted as a gateway to God’s blessing, a key to determining courses of actions, or a hallmark of spiritual sensitivity and intimacy wi...

  • Life Lessons from Sports -Together is Better

    Life Lessons From SportsLesson #4 - Together is BetterOver the years I’ve noticed that most of the widely played sports here in the United States have certain things in common. One of them is the team or club concept. Name a popular sport -  perhaps football, basketball, hockey, baseball, or soccer.

  • Life Lessons from Sports - Little Things Matter

    Life Lessons from SportsLesson #3 - Little Things MatterMost athletes could easily share a vivid personal example of this huge truism. Me, you ask? I tagged up and sprinted home with the winning run before the outfielder caught the fly ball.

  • Life Lessons from Sports - Responding Well to Trouble is a Choice

    Life Lessons from SportsLesson #2 - Responding Well to Trouble is a ChoiceSo, here is the key question. “How do you handle it when you are treated unjustly by the officials, other players, the fans, or the coaches? Do you blow up, or pout, or fume, or fall apart, or retaliate, or give up, or lose concentration, or verbally attack someone, or blame someone else for your mistake, or act disrespectfully, or what?

  • Life Lessons from Sports - Life is Not "Fair"

    Life Lessons from SportsLesson #1 - Life Is Not “Fair”Did you see it?  It happened in the Colts final game of the 2018 regular season. The Titans were driving late in the game when two players scuffled.

  • Angelic Curiosity 1 Peter1:12

    The Angels’ Christmas Curiosity 1 Peter 1:12 On the night of Christ’s birth an enthusiastic angelic choir shouted out the arrival of the Son of God. It is recorded in:KJV Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.Why were they so excited?They knew Jesus was Immanuel, God with us (Mt 1:23)They knew he came to save from sin (Mt 1:21)And, th...

  • Meeting God's Demands - James 4:7-10

    The Daunting Task of Meeting the Demands of a Holy GodJames 4:7-10IntroductionThe TextRead 4:1-10 and listen for ten imperatives in vs 7-10ESV James 4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel.

  • Therefore

    ...Therefore2 Corinthians 5:17 I rejoice over the staggering truth that our Father “gave to us the Spirit as a pledge” of more gracious gifts to come (2 Corinthians 5:4). The rest of chapter 5 describes the logical outcome of God’s granting the Holy Spirit to believers.These outcomes are outlined by means of six “therefore” statements:1. we are of good courage v 62.

  • On the Way to Heaven

    Reflections: On the Way to HeavenJohn Piper, in Life Is A Vapor p134-139, discusses a sermon preached by Jonathan Edwards in 1733 entitled “The Christian Pilgrim, Or, The True Christian’s Life a Journey Toward Heaven.” Edwards’ description of what it should be like to live as pilgrims on our way to heaven galvanized my thinking as I mulled over the death of a dear friend.Here are some statements he makes about pilgrims. Let the implications sink deeply into your soul.Pilgrims are not divert...

  • Living and Dying for Christ - Philippians 1:20-21

    The Road to Life Goes Through JesusPhilippians 1:20-21In a high school in a small rural town in Iowa, a young teacher stood before his sophomore World History class on the first day of the school year. He announced the first assignment: You will write a paragraph entitled, “My Philosophy of Life.” Keep the following questions in mind as you write: 1) Why are you here? 2) What is your purpose for living?

  • Humble Response to Jesus' Birth

    Responding to Jesus’ Birth The response of the shepherds following the spectacular announcement of Jesus’ birth by the angel choir was marked by urgent excitement!NAU Luke 2:15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us." 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby a...

  • Pride

    DON’T FLIRT WITH PRIDE Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. Proverbs 16:18By all accounts, Nebuchadnezzar was a brilliant head of state. He ruled the supreme world power of the day with an iron hand. Nations cringed or rejoiced at his decisions.

  • On the Way to Heaven

    On the Way to HeavenJohn Piper, in Life Is A Vapor p134-139, discusses a sermon preached by Jonathan Edwards in 1733 entitled “The Christian Pilgrim, Or, The True Christian’s Life a Journey Toward Heaven.” Edwards’ description of what it should be like to live as pilgrims on our way to heaven galvanized my thinking as I navigate my 8th decade.Here are some statements he makes about pilgrims. Let the implications sink deeply into your soul.Pilgrims are not diverted fr...

  • Voting

    A Brief Word about VotingPastor Brian Borgman of Grace Community Church in Minden, Nevada penned a pastoral exhortation to his congregation concerning an upcoming general election that he shared with others outside his church. I am passing along the following excerpt with my endorsement.“The Christian has two distinct, yet overlapping identities. He is a citizenof God's kingdom (Phil.

  • The Believer and the Bible - Psalm 119:9-16

    The Bible for Life Psalm 119: 9-16 Introduction 1. Perhaps you remember a bit about Daniel.  As a young man, probably a teenager, he was dropped into a pagan culture against his will and faced with immediate pressure to conform. Yet we read that he resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine.” (Dan 1:8). What was Daniel’s secret?

  • Having A Heart Like God's - 1 Samuel 13:13-14

    On Having a Heart Like God’s 1 Sam 13:13-14 Introduction In the years following the leadership of the Judges (11th century), God raised up the prophet, Samuel, to rule over his people, Israel. However, the people grew weary of his bold rule and demanded a king “like all the nations” (1Sam 8:5). Enter Saul.

  • Setting the Stage for Change - Romans 6-7

    In order to adequately grasp the teaching of Romans 6-7 we must first understand their place in the larger argument of the book. The Apostle Paul’s great passion in the opening five chapters of Romans is to establish that God has placed certain rebellious and undeserving humans into a new and special relationship with himself wherein they are shielded forever from his awful wrath. This astonishing feat is accomplished by means of Christ’s cross and encompasses personal faith.

  • Christians in Romans 7 - So What?

    So What! How should knowing that Romans 7 refers to believers shape my life today? As a Christian, I am confronted with the fact that Christianity carries high expectations.  I need to know that the demands of the lordship of Christ are far-reaching.

  • Tools for Lasting Change from Romans 6 & 7

    Tools for Lasting Change Master List Romans 6-7 This material is part of the 13 lesson study of Romans 6 & 7 entitled, "May It Never Be".  Note 1: During class discussion of each tool the instructor should select a sample area/issue with which people typically struggle. He should then lead a discussion regarding how the  particular tool can be used to help resolve the issue. A few possible specific areas or issues might be: Pornography Kindness Disciplining children Anger Time use ...

  • Biblical Philosophy of Work

    A Biblical Philosophy of Work Introduction As we were standing in the back corner of his machine shed, a wise farmer once encouraged me, “never buy anything with a handle on it; it always means work!” He was joking of course; he really did know how to work hard and he enjoyed it. But some people really do view work as something to avoid. The truth is, we can’t avoid it.

  • Rules of Communication

    Four Rules of Communication Introduction Human beings have been given the ability to communicate for a variety of reasons. Common ones might be: To make conversation. To convey information.

  • Rotten Words

    YUK! At the tender age of 14 I spent most Saturdays bagging groceries and doing general gofer work at the United Food Store in my hometown.  One of the exciting side tasks was sacking up potatoes from the bulk bin in the back room. Invariably I encountered a putrid smell that I soon learned meant that rotten potatoes were hiding in the bin, usually at the bottom.