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When the Virtue Becomes the Vice

When the Virtue Becomes the ViceBut the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. – Exodus 20:10 The crippling power of addictions in the lives of Christians remains one of the greatest stumbling blocks the church faces today. It is difficult for the bride of Christ to prepare herself […]

Seeing the Bigger Picture

Seeing the Bigger PictureDo not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matthew 6:19-21 Everyone owes a mighty debt of gratitude to the men and women of our armed forces who risk their lives for freedom. […]

Serving in Two Kingdoms

Serving in Two KingdomsNo one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. – Matthew 6:24a If you are an American and a believer in Jesus Christ, then you have pledged yourself in allegiance to two kingdoms: one earthly and one heavenly. We are born and live our lives inside earthly nations, we learn to speak earthly languages, and we engage earthly culture. We all have […]

How to Prepare for Eternity

How to Prepare for EternityAnd he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” – Luke 10:27  If we were to empty the Pacific Ocean, we’d be left with a hole that’s beyond imagination. If we filled that hole with sand and make a pile as high as Mount Everest, we’d have a fairly sizable sand pile! Now, if we […]

Let the Waters Flow

Let the Waters FlowJesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. – John 7:37-39 We know God wants Christians to grow. Spiritual growth takes place deep down […]

At the Savior’s Feet

At the Savior’s FeetDo you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. – Luke 7:44 In the ancient Middle East, the master of the house customarily provided water at the door so that those who entered could wash their dusty feet. Simon, a Pharisee, had obviously overlooked this important detail. The Savior used this oversight as a point to teach His […]

The Bread of Life

The Bread of LifeI am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. – John 6:35 When Jesus told His followers that He was the bread of life, He was giving them a solution—not just for their physical hunger but also for their emotional, mental, and especially their spiritual hunger. We all experience cravings—things we long to have. Many of these cravings are God-given. Acceptance is certainly something God wants each […]

I Have Decided to Follow Jesus

I Have Decided to Follow JesusBy grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. If you’ve been a Christian for longer than a minute or two, you have likely heard these words. They are meant to articulate how we get to spend eternity with God. We don’t earn our way into heaven, but rather Christ paid the price of our admission. But we often read more into this phrase than makes sense. It is one thing to simply believe that Jesus bought my ticket into eternity future and another […]

A Love That Will Not Let You Go

A Love That Will Not Let You GoThough He slay me, I will hope in Him. – Job 13:15 When author and theologian George Matheson was 18 years old, he went blind. Yet he continued his studies and entered college, where he became an outstanding student. Later, he was ordained as a preacher in the Church of Scotland. Throughout his early years, his sister remained at his side, helping him to study and learn Greek and Hebrew, which added spiritual depth to his writings. But he was destined […]

The Light of Worship

The Light of WorshipIf we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another. – 1 John 1:7 In Old Testament times, there was a spiritual distance between the people and God. Before entering His presence, the priests were required to wash ceremonially and offer a sacrifice for their sins. Only after doing this could they enter the temple. Women could worship only in a certain area of the temple. Their husbands could travel a little […]