A Race, Rules and Runners

Every race has rules and runners or it wouldn’t be a race. One must meet the qualifying standards for the Boston Marathon in order to run. Likewise, in order to enter the race for eternal life, the qualifying standard is a relationship with Jesus Christ. From the moment we believe in Jesus Christ, our foretaste […]

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Prayer and Praise–My Walking Buddies

Prayer and Praise are the best walking companions I could ever have! I’ve already spent time with them inside the house today, but they are always eager and ready to go with me outside all the time. I think they know when I put on my shoes that I’m about to leave the house. They […]

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Excuses and the Call of God

Excuses. We all make excuses for many different things in our lives, even when it comes to following God’s call on our life. Jeremiah’s excuse is recorded in Jeremiah 1:6. “‘Alas, Sovereign Lord’, I said, ‘I do not know how to speak; I am too young.’” What is your excuse for not doing what God […]

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Pain and Loss and a Reason to Rejoice

Loss never really goes away. It hurts every day. I feel the pain and loss of my daughter through death. I feel the pain and loss of relationship with my grandchildren. But you know what else is true? By God’s grace and strength every single day of my life, I rise above that ash heap […]

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My Cornerstone

“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (Psalm 118:22). Perhaps you’ve read this verse and wondered, “What exactly is a cornerstone?” We know from other Scriptures that the imagery of a cornerstone represents the character of the Lord. “Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures: The stone the builders […]

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The War Within

One doesn’t have to be a current events genius to know there is war exploding right now all over our planet. However, there is a deadlier war raging—the one deep in man’s soul. It’s the war within. That’s the one you can do something about. “‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus […]

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Narcissism and God’s Love

Before there was a name for it, God wrote about it.  Narcissism.  It’s quite the problem in our world today.  In no way do I pretend to know all there is to know about narcissism, but I do have a few observations.  The most important one is that God has this covered. “Treatment for narcissistic […]

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Persecution with Benefits

“We feel sorry for Americans, because it is difficult to be a Christian in the United States.” My daughter, Jamie, who lived and worked in Northern Asia, shared this comment from an indigenous believer. She asked her why she felt that way. “Because Americans don’t really understand what it means to be a true follower […]

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Blessing Minus Commitment

We want the blessing of God in our lives without our commitment to love, serve, and obey Him. We believe in God and want Him to answer prayer for our healing, provision, problem removal, and wisdom, but we want God’s blessing on our terms. So we search for that someone who we think has a […]

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A Lesson from Ezra for Ministers and Church Leaders

As ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and church leaders wherever God has planted us, we can learn much about church leadership from the life of Ezra in the Old Testament. Ezra was a priest, a scribe, and an expert in the law to the Jewish community in Jerusalem, exiles from Babylonian captivity, 458 […]

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