The Sinners Prayer

I think in some ways we get this wrong, and it confuses not just new believers but also those who’ve believed in Christ for much longer. The sinners prayer.  It goes like this – Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a […]

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Jesus IS Lord!!

  One of the beloved parts of the bible, where the simplicity of our salvation is set before us.  Paul contrasts the simplicity of our salvation with the impossibility that existed in trying to perfectly follow the law of Moses. For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person […]

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Seeing is Believing

Poor Thomas.  After being with Jesus and the rest of His disciples from the beginning, he misses this!!  After following Jesus for 3 solid years of his life, being there for miracles, being there for the confrontations with Pharisees and other religious leaders, and ultimately being there when Jesus was betrayed, captured, tried, and executed, […]

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They Just Don’t Get It…

        Quite a contrast here, between Jesus and his disciples.  Jesus tells his disciples of the pain and suffering he’s going to Jerusalem to endure…”“Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will […]

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Glorifying Who??

  We know we are called to give and be generous, but here is a warning from Jesus himself against giving with the intention of glorifying yourself.  As usual, He is interested in our hearts, our motivation.  Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you […]

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Deceptive words

    The word of God through Jeremiah the prophet.  The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord.  Notice what […]

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There’s Something about Job

  I’m back in the book of Job.  I am fascinated by Job.  There is something about Job, and something to this story.  What is it?   Ponder this for a moment – do you think God let Satan attack his servant Job without knowing the result.  Do you think God allowed this test to […]

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A Witness in Heaven

A part of Job’s prayer to God in response to his “friend” Eliphaz’ accusation that he does not fear God.  An accusation we already know to be a lie, because God himself said so – “And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, […]

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Dead To Sin??

    For those in recovery, we relate and understand this very quickly.  For those not in recovery, we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God in some way.  So either way, Paul is laying out some of the best news ever heard in these few verses from the book of […]

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The 3 am phone call

  This is right in the middle of Lamentation chapter 3, a chapter full of the author crying out in anger and anguish before God, calling God his enemy, feeling like God has a quiver full of arrows aimed for him – “He is a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in hiding; he […]

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