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Conquerors #8—Conquering Praise

In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have conquered the world. John 16:13 Almighty God, Ruler of your vast creation, we take heart in the midst of tribulation because of how Jesus, who emptied himself of the prerogatives of deity and incorporated himself among us as a servant, achieved victory and … Continue reading

Habakkuk #1—Unbelievable Grace

When uncertainty and confusion characterize our cultural climate, it’s difficult to engage positively in our communities. When hope dwindles because we’re exhausted from trying to stay ahead of social entropy, we might be inclined to throw up our hands in surrender to despair. We’re not the first to have this experience. Habakkuk, the late 7th … Continue reading

Team #7—Able to Admonish

I myself have become persuaded about you, my brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness, in that you have been filled with all knowledge so you are able to admonish one another. Romans 15:14 Imagine that! We who follow Jesus in the obedience of faith are full of goodness. Not just any goodness, … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Defeating Covetousness

The Bible teaches that certain attitudes of mind and heart give Satan a foothold in our lives. For example, Ephesians 4:26–27 says that to allow anger against others to persist is to give place to the devil. 2 Corinthians 10:4–5 urges us to cast down all those attitudes (“arguments”) which scorn the knowledge of God. … Continue reading

Success #1—Gracious Success

The idea of “success” is often on our minds at the beginning of the year. So let’s spend a few weeks considering some of what God has to say about success, particularly about the fact that we won’t be successful if we don’t act. Paralysis is not always a physical condition. Sometimes we are paralyzed … Continue reading

Behind the Scenes #1—Shock and Awe

In a world that seems to be falling apart at the seams, the human heart has a tendency to despair. Down in the weeds of woe, we feel like we’re wandering in a maze with shifting walls. We recognize our own inability to navigate it successfully; so we look for guides, or maybe even a … Continue reading

I WAS JUST THINKING … ABOUT AVOIDING MULTIPLIED SORROWS

Psalm 16:4 says, “Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows.” We all want to avoid the multiplication of sorrows. For sorrows to multiply is dangerous because “by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken” (Proverbs 15:13), and a broken spirit is far worse than even a debilitating physical ailment. “A person’s spirit will endure … Continue reading

From Love to Hope to Faith

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect longsuffering as an example for those purposing to believe in … Continue reading

Civility #7—Hopeful Civility

If you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are fortunate. So don’t let it bother you. Rather, set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts, so you will always be ready to answer, with courtesy and respect, anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 1 Peter 3:14–16 Hopeful people can be … Continue reading

Patience #4—Hopeful Patience

Be longsuffering; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brethren, against one another, that you yourselves may not be judged. … Those who spoke in the Lord’s name are an example of patience and longsuffering. Behold, we count those fortunate who endured. James 5:8–11 If we had … Continue reading