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The Significance of Suffering

“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3

Let’s be honest, most of us would have to admit…

A Place Fit for a King!

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16

While in seminary I worked as a bellman in a luxury hotel…

Let’s Hear it for the Rules

“So then, the law is holy… righteous and good” Romans 7:12

Most of us don’t really like rules. I don’t know why, but deep down inside we have an aversion to…

What’s In The Name?

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7

There are a lot of fun…

Under New Management

“Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24

It’s always an unsettling moment when you pull up to one of your favorite…

No Hassles At The Border

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Philippians 3:20

American citizens flying to and from neighboring nations like Canada and…

Brand New

“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” Revelation 21:5

I love the smell of a new car. You open the door and, wow, there’s just…

The Case for Kindness

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

A story I heard in the news a few years ago caught…

Agents Of Change

If anyone cleanses himself . . . , he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. —2 Timothy 2:21

With 4…

Loving God

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. —1 John 4:11

Early in our marriage, I thought I knew the ultimate shortcut to my wife’s heart.…

Hometown Hero

“I heard the voice of many angels, numbering . . . ten thousand times ten thousand . . . “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and …

Promises Kept

“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” Joshua 21:45

I am about to let you in on a deep, life-changing,…

Unloading the Baggage

“Throw off anything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Hebrews 12:1

I boarded the plane in Chicago with too much baggage. Not the kind of baggage you stow…

The Search For Satisfaction

Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? —Isaiah 55:2

When it comes to jigsaw puzzles, we all know that to…

Our Co-Pilot?

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. —Galatians 2:20

The bumper sticker “Jesus is my co-pilot” may be a well-intentioned…