Dead or Alive

“For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”  (Romans 6:10-11, ESV) How should we deal with sin in our lives? Or perhaps even more to the point,... Continue Reading →

Get Lost!

I'm not sure if the present generation is all that much different from past generations when it comes to love of self and self-esteem. I have thought for some time that self-love, today, is probably at an all-time low. We have increased suicide rates, mass shootings, bullying, etc. And despite the fact that tolerance has become... Continue Reading →

The Outsiders

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians‬ ‭4:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬). As Christians it is not uncommon that we find ourselves spending our time with other Christians. This is one... Continue Reading →

Getting in the Way Part Three

“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that.” (1 John 5:16, ESV)

First Love

“But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.”  (Revelation 2:4-5, ESV) Having grown up in... Continue Reading →

Fear of the Lord: Conclusions

“The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, NASB). “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13, NASB). Over the past week we have asked some questions about what it means... Continue Reading →

God is Love…

”The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV). One of the most frequently asked questions by people both without and within Christianity is this or similar: “If God is love, why would He allow such bad things... Continue Reading →

Mutual Comfort, Mutual Faith

”For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine" (Romans 1:11-12 ESV). Do you long for fellowship with other believers? Do you yearn to bless and strengthen others, and to... Continue Reading →

Love

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24 ESV). “I love you!” “I love you more!” I remember someone saying that love is not a competition. In some ways I agree with that. In others, not so much. In a competition there are winners and losers.... Continue Reading →

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