Why Was Jesus Baptized?
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Did Jesus need to be baptized? Was He just setting a good example for us to follow, or was He actually repenting? Suppose you are eating at your favorite restaurant, and the waiter spills the drinks all over you. I guarantee that the manager is going to come out and apologize all over the place. … [Click to read more …]

When Spiritual Egypt is Safer than Spiritual Israel
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After the wise men were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up! Flee to Egypt with the child and his mother,” the angel said. “Stay there until I tell you to return, because Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” That night Joseph left … [Click to read more …]

The Ramblings of a Wimpy Christian
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Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23 NLT In Jesus’ time and place, when people picked up their cross, it was to die, just like Jesus picked up His cross to … [Click to read more …]

Idol Worship in the Church
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In Numbers 21 the Children of Israel wanted the luxuries of Egypt instead of the presence of God. So God allowed snakes to enter the camp, providing the opportunity to learn how much they depended on Him. The people soon realized they had made a mistake and begged for the snakes to be removed. That … [Click to read more …]

We’re All Okay, Right?
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…but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12 A couple of years ago I attended the “Best Weigh” program at my church. While I wanted to lose a little weight I was not aware of just how much weight I really needed to lose. The doctor … [Click to read more …]

The Journal of the Prodigal Son’s Father
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Sivan 30, I am so grieved I can barely write. My younger son asked for his inheritance, and has taken it and left home. I thought he loved me, but he only loved the things I gave him, and apparently wants nothing to do with me personally. My only solace is in my oldest son, … [Click to read more …]

Are You a Full-time Pastor Where You Work?
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Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew … [Click to read more …]

Modern Technology is no Match for Old Fashioned Intimacy
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Way back in the late 1990’s, before android devices, I was working for a delivery company, and would sometimes find myself in someone’s office waiting for them to get a package ready. To kill time I would play a little game on my cell phone. I remember thinking to myself, If they can put a game … [Click to read more …]

Who Likes Being Rebuked?
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An open rebuke is better than hidden love! Wounds from a sincere friend are better than many kisses from an enemy.. Proverbs 27:5-6 NLT When I was about 9 or so I was playing soccer (football to most of the world) with my neighbor. We had an argument about what the out-of-bounds markers were. It … [Click to read more …]