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Are You Serious?

  When something is going on in our lives, we tend to lose the intensity we had at the beginning. Sometimes we are satisfied with the fact that we had intensity in the past even if we don’t have enough of it now. We may regret, however, when we do not get the result that we think we will because of the insufficiency of the intensity. A loss of intensity can lead to an erroneous attitude that Jesus termed “lukewarmness.”…
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UNAPPRECIATED

  Whenever we see something truly remarkable, how many times do we stop to think about all that had to be done to make it happen? We get so used to things going smoothly that we are completely blindsided when they do not go as planned. I am so guilty of this. When I order packages to my home, they are usually delivered exactly by the agreed-upon date. However, it becomes all I can think about when there is some…
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What do I do with this?

We have all received gifts before that made us ask the question, “what do I do with this?” Whether it was an odd trinket, a hand-me down family item, or something you just didn’t need or want – these items can be difficult to figure out. For me, it was right before I moved off to college in the Summer of 2011. I was visiting some family I didn’t see too often and was gifted an item I was unsure…
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Is Love Impractical?

  Love is an essential character of a Christian, and unconditional love is evidence of a mature Christian. However, unconditional love is not easy, and, therefore, it is rare. It is especially rare  in societies where reciprocity (i.e. getting even) is accepted as the norm. As a result, some people question whether or not Jesus’ commandment of unconditional love is practical. Furthermore, there are even some theologians who contend that Jesus didn’t intend for His disciples have to exhibit unconditional…

No More Excuses

    When Moses’ name is mentioned, most of us likely think of a heroic, faithful leader. But that is not the Moses to which we are initially introduced. In Exodus 3:10, we learn that God met Moses at the burning bush and informed him that He would use him to free the children of Israel. You would think a man who is identified as a hero of faith (Hebrews 11:23-28), a friend of God (Exodus 33:11), and granted the…

Why? Why? Why?

  Oh no! It’s the kid who cannot stop asking the question— “WHY?”. It does not matter how many answers I offer, how many resolutions are given, or how many topics are about to be brought up… I know I will spend my next 10 minutes answering the umpteen whys this little kiddo asks. Have you been there before? Being a former why-kid myself, I understand children like this more than most. Some say curiosity killed the cat, but I…

Don’t Get Comfortable

  A comfort zone “is a psychological state in which things feel familiar to a person,” resulting in “experiencing low levels of anxiety and stress” because “they are at ease and in control of their environment.”1 And while that sounds like the optimal place to be, comfort zones can actually become danger zones because they can foster a conditional approach to discipleship. Conditional discipleship is the practice of placing conditions on your spiritual commitments. So, when I say that our…

Time to Persevere

  When she was young, Florence Chadwick wanted desperately to be a great speed swimmer. At the age of six she persuaded her parents to enter her in a 50-yard race. She came in last, so she practiced every day for the new year. Again, she entered and lost. When she was an 11-year-old, Florence won attention and praise for completing the San Diego Bay endurance swim — 6 miles in all. But she still wanted to be a speed…

INVENTORY TIME…

    Life brings us many things that we hate to do, but however tedious they may seem… we are still forced to accomplish them. How much we loathe the task does not change its necessity. We can procrastinate or prolong the inevitable, but the menial must be executed at one point or another. One of these assignments for people in the business world is taking inventory. Even though it is necessary from time to time to itemize or catalog…

Idol Talk

    One of the most prevalent teachings in the New Testament is the teaching against idolatry. Idolatry is condemned as a work of the flesh (Galatians 5:20), an activity that elicits the wrath of God (Colossians 3:5-6), an activity that will prevent one from inheriting the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9), and an activity that results in one being sent to “the lake that burns with fire and sulfur” (Revelation 21:8). As a result, we are expected to…

Is there Glory in Rejection???

    One of the unavoidable aspects of human life is rejection. It is no stranger to any of us; we all have experienced rejection one way or another. It does not matter how much talent, wit, good looks, or brains someone has… all of us endure rejection. It could be a job interview or a loan… or perhaps that rejection from the person you want to date. Regardless of the situation or life you live, rejection is par-for-the-course. How…
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What Makes the Difference?

I have met quite a few sincere people who try their best to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” (Titus 2:12). Despite attempting everything humanly possible to succeed, they ultimately fail. And in their failure, they come to the conclusion that it is IMPOSSIBLE for them to “put off [their] old [selves]” and “put on [their] new [selves]” (Ephesains 4:22-24), and, as a result, they assume that their lifestyle must be an acceptable…