Test Yourself!

Read 2 Corinthians 13:5-9 Medical doctors encourage patients–especially female patients–to conduct periodic “self-examinations” in order to discover any unusual changes in health. Early discovery carries more of a guarantee that the issue can be addressed and resolved in a relatively short period of time. However, ignoring signs of physical issues can result in prolonged, extensive, and costly treatments. Of course,[…]

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Depressing Decisions

Read 1 Kings 18:16-46; 19:1-21 Have you ever wished you could escape to a place where people aren’t?  Yeah. Me too. Mars sounds appealing sometimes, doesn’t it? The Lord didn’t create us to be isolated and alone. He knows that running from our problems won’t solve anything. Elijah thought he could escape from the prophet pressures by abandoning Israel, traveling[…]

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Bringing God Back

Read Judges 6 & 7 The name Gideon actually means “Mighty Warrior.” But, when the angel of the Lord appeared and told him to lead the fight against the Midianites, “Mighty Warrior” was hiding in a winepress. The angel tried to bolster Gideon’s courage by adding, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Gideon’s response: “If the Lord is with[…]

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Tolerating Tolerance

Read Luke 9:51-56 For centuries, the Jews and Samaritans lived at odds with each other. It all stemmed back to when the Jews  were taken captive by the Assyrians (see 2 Kings 17:24-34). The king of Assyria moved in non-Jewish people from surrounding cities and had them settle in Samaria. These people brought in their own customs, culture, and forms[…]

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Open-Minded Christ Followers

Read Luke 24:13-49 Recently I’ve heard about two high-profile people in the Christian world who have recanted or are reevaluating their belief in Christ. One young man who had been an advocate for abstinence and moral virtue is now endorsing alternate lifestyles; the other faced serious difficulties and felt the Lord had disappointed him as he went through his trials.[…]

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What is truth?

Read John 18:28-40 Recently I noticed a young woman sporting a T-shirt that read, “Speak your truth.” I wondered what her truth might be. Would her truth be different from my truth? And if everyone did speak their truth, how would we differentiate between truth and opinion? People today are extremely opinionated, and truth is harder and harder to discern.[…]

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When We SHOULDN’T Consider Others First

Read John 21:15-25 All our lives, we’re taught to consider other people before ourselves to avoid being selfish and self-centered. But when it comes to personal responsibility or opportunity to change, we need to look at ourselves first. Jesus taught this lesson to Peter when He prophesied about his future (see John 21:18). Peter immediately pointed at John and asked,[…]

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Facing Fire

Nebuchaddnezzar had an ego bigger than himself. After erecting a golden statue ninety feet high, he commanded that everyone–God-worshipping Jews included–bow and worship this structure.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three Jewish men who had been elevated to places of leadership in Babylon, refused to bow. (Read their story in Daniel 1 and 3). Imagine three guys boldly standing while hundreds[…]

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Keeping Your Integrity

Poor Job faced dire circumstances that few people have. (Read the full story in Job 1 & 2). After losing everything he owned–his children, servants, land, cattle, and even his health–he was saddled with friends who thought their words would bring him comfort. While these friends sat with him throughout his ordeal, the most stunning response to Job’s situation was[…]

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