Conservative Towards Ourselves, Liberal Towards Others
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Job and friends in desert

After Job heard enough criticism from his “friends,” my heart breaks for him, as I read his words, “I could say the same things if you were in my place. I could spout off criticism and shake my head at you. But if it were me, I would encourage you. I would try to take away … [Click to read more …]

The Two Resurrections and the Second Death
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The Appearing. Vintage painting showing the second coming of Christ to rescue His people.

The Bible teaches two different resurrections. Jesus spoke of one resurrection for those who are saved, and another resurrection for those who are lost. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the … [Click to read more …]

The Curse Causeless? – Hit the Mark
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A woman uses an umbrella to protect from negative thoughts.

Words matter. That’s the takeaway I received for this week’s lesson on The Curse Causeless. This week our attention is on the words of Job’s friend Eliphaz. He was one of the three, who in their concern and respect for Job, came to see him after his life was turned upside down. I imagine it … [Click to read more …]

A man Who Wanted to Die, but Never Got To
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Job scraped his skin with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Job 2:8-10 NLT Like Job’s wife, many have been pushed to the breaking … [Click to read more …]

When Everything Goes Wrong
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Jesus comforting man

Curse that day for failing to shut my mother’s womb, for letting me be born to see all this trouble. Job 3:10 NLT While our experience may be different than Job’s, many of us have been in situations, so dire, that we even question our existence.  Wayne’s parents never married. Growing up, he learned to … [Click to read more …]

When Job Prayed For His Friends
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For examples of patience in suffering, dear brothers and sisters, look at the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the … [Click to read more …]

“Occupy Till I Come”
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I was running my shift at UPS early one morning, trying to beat the clock, as we loaded the package cars, and prepared them for their busy day. In the midst of our hustle and bustle an alarm sounded. A sorter spotted flames on a conveyor belt. We safely evacuated the building and made sure everyone … [Click to read more …]