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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…

The Pause that Refreshes

  In the late 1920s, America’s economy was heading into a depression. Robert Woodruff, Coca-Cola’s president, was looking for a way to set Coke apart from other soft drinks and make it more appealing at a time when people were struggling financially. Life for the individual was getting busier in a more modern world and Woodruff wanted to encourage people to slow down and take time to enjoy Coke and to drink it often. His hope was to make Coca-Cola…

At the Foot of the Cross

  When you read about the crucifixion, you’ll discover that several different groups were present at the foot of the cross, and each of these groups related to Jesus differently. In this article, I want to challenge you to consider which of these groups you would have been associated with based on your current spiritual standing. The first group we encounter at the foot of the cross is the crowd “who passed by” and “derided” Jesus (Matthew 27:39). This group…
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TO Listen, or NOT to Listen???

One of the most challenging things we have to balance in our lives is deciding who we should listen to. If we have learned anything about this age of imbalanced news and social media, it is that we have to practice judgment and consider the source before ever expecting to form an accurate opinion. Our problem is not merely limited to broad conversations of politics and global interests but is also applicable to everyday discussions with the people around us.…
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Who should go?

  In Luke 15, Jesus provided a trilogy of parables known as the “lost” parables. These parables share a common plot. They each depict something valuable (i.e., sheep, coin, son) being separated from its guardian (i.e., shepherd, woman, father) before eventually being reunited to great fanfare because that which was “lost” had been “found” (Luke 15:6, 9, 22-24). However, there is one distinct difference between the first two parables and the last one. In the Parable of the Lost Son,…