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The Church: A Beautiful Mess – Part 1

The Church: A Beautiful Mess – Part 1

When my kids were little, I remember coming home to a house that was a disaster, with toys and stuff everywhere and my wife was completely worn out. I could tell that it had been one of those days! As I looked at my three kids playing in the midst of the mess, I thought to myself, This is my beautiful…

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Joy Out Of Sorrow

Joy Out Of Sorrow

“God doesn’t give us joy instead of sorrow, or joy in spite of sorrow, but joy in the midst of sorrow. It is not substitution but transformation.” -Warren Wiersbe In John 16:21-22 Jesus illustrated this truth by the birth of a baby: “A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she…

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What Will You Leave Behind?

What Will You Leave Behind?

I was thinking today about that glorious day that is coming soon upon the earth; the day known as the rapture of the church. Yes, I still believe in the rapture! That day Paul talks about in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, where Jesus comes, not to the earth, but to the clouds, and where His bride is caught up to meet…

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Put On The Lord Jesus Christ

Put On The Lord Jesus Christ

Ray Stedman is one of my favorite Bible teachers to read. He is with the Lord now, but his teaching ministry lives on through publications like this one, which ties in nicely to our current study in Colossians. Hope you are blessed! “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires…

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An Opportunity For Great Joy

An Opportunity For Great Joy

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” – James 1:2-4 I love the way the New…

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The Battle is Already Won!

The Battle is Already Won!

“Take heart.  I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 In the heat of war, in the depths of the battlefield, nothing is more unsettling than the unknown.  If I got drafted today and was placed into a firefight, I’d be sweating bullets! I’d be thinking, “Is this the end? Can I make it?” Imagine if someone showed up with a crystal…

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Snail

Snail

“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.” – Proverbs 13:11 Here are some great insights and timeless truths from Warren Wiersbe from his book “In Praise of Plodders” – The etymologists tell us that our word “plod” comes from an old Middle English word that means “a puddle.” The Danish have a similar word that means…

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