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Jesus Is Our Heat Shield

  Most professions and organizations have their own jargon, which is a fancy word for unique and specialized terms accepted and understood within a particular field or group. For example, you may hear a lawyer say, “Objection,” while a judge responds, “Overruled.” That is legal jargon. Maybe you’ve heard a medical professional say, “Let’s check your vitals.” He or she is using medical jargon. In and of itself, jargon is not bad, but it can be confusing for those unfamiliar…
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Your Religion is Worthless… IF

  Citizens of the United States of America are protected and granted their rights by our governing document, The U.S. Constitution. At the end of the Constitution, there is a list of amended rights known as “The Bill of Rights.” These rights are at the bedrock and foundation of what it means to be an American. These rights are primarily responsible for making America a unique land of freedom, equality, and liberty. Americans fight for, defend, and hold these rights…
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The Christian and the Environment

Since 1970, April 22 has been observed as Earth Day, a day to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Such a day causes me to consider whether or not we as Christians possess a biblical responsibility to protect the environment. And I believe the following four biblical considerations are worth mentioning on this matter. First, Christians should care about the environment because God created it. In the very first verse of the Bible, we read, “In the beginning, God created the…
Moving On

Moving On, but Falling Back

Have you ever heard of the doorway effect before? More than likely it’s happened to you numerous times before in your life. It may have even happened to you this morning as you prepared for worship! The doorway effect is the psychological principle that explains why we often forget things after we walk into a new room. Science seems to prove that when we change our physical environments, as we simply transition from one room to the next, our thought…
Beelieve it or Not

Bee-lieve It Or Not…

    The time has come. Our dreaded nemesis has arrived once again and has surrounded every crevice of our lives. Heads are aching, noses are congesting, eyes are watering, throats are itching, and allergies are raging. The enemy yellow residue refuses to subside and cruelly taunts car owners everywhere. Pollen has officially invaded, and regardless of the amount of rainfall, it will not be denied. Every year we have a couple of months of misery where pollen calls the…
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What If Jesus Wrote a Letter to Us?

  In Revelation’s second and third chapters, Jesus authored letters to seven different churches in first-century Asia Minor. In each letter, Jesus declares, “I know your works” (2:2; 2:9; 2:13; 2:19; 3:1; 3:8; 3:15). This repeated statement indicates that Jesus is not oblivious to what is going on in each congregation of His church. He is intimately aware of and deeply concerned about what is happening in His church. It is this awareness that led Jesus to praise the work,…
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God So Loved the World

In one of, if not the most popular passages of Scripture, we are told, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” What specifically do we learn about God’s love from John 3:16?  First, we learn who God loves.  John 3:16 says, “God so loved the world.” It is worth noting that John 3:16 does not say that God so loved Christians, the church, or…
When I Find Time

When I Find Time

Do you ever have difficulty finding time for certain things? Are you familiar with that end-of-the-day feeling where you realize once again you failed to achieve something you’ve been wanting to accomplish? Maybe it’s extra time with your family around the dinner table, a few moments of solitude for yourself, or finding time to balance finances or catch up on your to-do list. How about in your spiritual life? Do you ever find yourself desperately wanting to have a better…
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Keep the Charge!

  Nothing is more frustrating than a cell phone that will not keep its charge. As phones get older, the battery becomes more and more unable to maintain the power they once could. We all know the amazing feeling of that brand new phone and how it holds its charge forever. Not too long after, though, the phone is dead every couple of hours. What once was an innovative, advanced, top-of-the-line cell phone has now been rendered useless because of…
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Afraid of the Truth

    Have you ever been afraid to ask a question? Maybe you can recall a time back in grade school where you were too afraid to ask a question in class because you feared the embarrassment of not knowing. Or perhaps it was a time when you were working on some type of project or problem and needed to ask for help but feared the rejection of your peers or mentor. On the converse, have you ever been afraid…
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How to be Faithful to God?

  Faithfulness is an attribute of God (1 Thessalonians 5:24; 1 Peter 4:19), and our salvation is contingent on His faithfulness (1 John 1:9). Faithfulness is not only God’s attribute, but it is a characteristic required of a Christian. The word of God identifies faithfulness as one of the fruits that a Christian should bear (Galatians 5:22-23). The word of God also says that a Christian can’t go to heaven without it: “Be faithful unto death, and I will give…

ARE YOU GOING TO THE REUNION?

Life is filled with reunions. I don’t know if you noticed it or not, but they are a part of our lives constantly. So many times, it seems like just when we have finished the last reunion, here comes the next one. It could be an invitation to the reunion of your high school class (A.K.A… an invitation to lose fifty pounds just to see a bunch of people you didn’t really like back then). Or maybe it is an…