Posts from 2021 (Page 3)

Posts from 2021 (Page 3)

Hope Saves

We need power from God for us to continue toward eternal salvation. We need power that belongs to God that helps us in times of need and difficulties. We need it to walk in the light, to return to God in case we drift away, and to accomplish the will of God. Therefore, we have to understand how we can have God’s power in our lives. Ephesians chapter 3 verses 16 and 17 give us an answer to this question.…

What Have I Missed???

    My wife and I love to go on trips together. Over the years, her love for the great outdoors has opened my eyes to see the need for adventuring. Great snacks, an open road, and some good tunes or podcasts always make for a good time together. However, before any trip can begin, I always have to ask, “What have I forgotten?” This question is almost always followed by a litany of items my wife not only knows…

Have you been Chosen?

Being chosen is a big deal. Think about when you were a kid, and teams were being picked at recess for a game. The one thing you did not want to be was the last one chosen because that meant nobody wanted you on his or her team. Think about when you got engaged. Whether you were the one proposing or the one being proposed to, the moment was special because someone chose you to be their spouse. Think about…
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Overexposure

In the medical world, the term “overexposure” means, “excessive exposure, especially to something harmful.” While construction workers or athletes can experience overexposure due to their prolonged period in the Sun or extreme exercise (hyperthermia), people living in colder climates can experience overexposure symptoms (hypothermia) when they are stranded or without adequate layers. One famous example of the later situation can be seen in the true story titled “the man who refused to freeze.” This account of extreme survival happened to…
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Small Obedience

Naaman’s story in 2 Kings chapter 5 is intriguing. We can learn many things from it, but I want to focus on what we can learn about obedience in particular. Sometimes, what God requires of us seems irrelevant to what we desire to accomplish. When we think so, it’s easy for us to choose not to obey Him. A principle, however, we need to realize is that God requires us to stay obedient to Him, trusting God in that He…

Why Are You Waiting?

  “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” These words were famously said by the brilliant mind of Benjamin Franklin. I cannot even recall the number of times this quote was recited to me growing up, and all I have to say about it is THANKS A LOT, Mr. Franklin! No, that is not a genuine showing of gratitude but more along the lines of extreme sarcasm. I do not know about you, but this quote belongs…

How to Make Peace

  In Romans 12:18, Paul said, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” In issuing this statement, Paul made it clear that Christians are expected to be peacemakers. While peacemaking is a quality valued in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:9), it is not a quality valued in the kingdoms of men, and, as a result, knowing how to make peace is a skill many people lack. Thankfully, God did not establish an expectation…

Symptomatic

    The law of “Cause & Effect” is one that we as humans are keenly aware of. The idea that certain actions or events will inevitably lead to certain effects is something we become familiar with at an extremely young age.  As we grow and mature the reality of just how prevalent this law is in every aspect of our lives (health, finances, social, relationships, etc.) only become clearer. A good example of how we recognize this pattern can…

Faith and Works

    Do you realize how often we give and receive contrasting pieces of wisdom? Several popular proverbs in our culture are diametrical. For example, some people say that “birds of a feather flock together,” but others claim that “opposites attract.” One saying contends that similarities bring people together, while the other alleges that differences bring people together. It has been said that “actions speak louder than words,” but it has also been said that “the pen is mightier than…
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Spiritual Madness…

For many, the month of March means the beginning of spring, the budding of flowers, escaping the bitterness of winter, and getting back outside for that good ole pollen-ridden air. For sports fans, the month of March brings them the single most unique tournament experience in all of sports, March Madness. Last year, neither of these things could be properly enjoyed as the tournament was canceled and we sheltered in our homes from the pandemic. However, this year more and…
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Time to Throw in the Towel???

  For someone who does NOT enjoy boxing, MMA, or UFC… I have a weird affinity for the Sylvester Stallone Rocky movies. Maybe it was because I grew up with two older brothers and parents who saw the films in theaters. Perhaps it was because whenever we would watch one, we would inevitably proclaim a family diet and exercise plan. All I know is, whenever I hear the song “Eye of the Tiger” or “Gonna Fly Now,” it takes me…

Why is Salvation a Hope?

  The Apostle Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:15-23 is intriguing. According to English Standard Version, these nine verses make two sentences. However, taking verses 22 and 23 as another dependent clause following the “when” of verse 20, the nine verses make only one running sentence. Because this sentence is so long and its structure is very complicated, it is not easy to get what the prayer’s main point is. Nevertheless, it is crucial to understand the passage because it gives…