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“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:67-68 (NIV)   Any kind of pain and suffering should draw us closer to God and to His Word. Because He is good[...]

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The question is often asked, “Are successful leaders born or built?” The answer you get depends on which book or conference you consult. Successful leadership is most often defined by things such as profit or popularity. But it’s dangerous to evaluate spiritual leadership by worldly standards. Someone can be a[...]

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“I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts.” Psalm 119:63 (NIV)   Psalm 119 continually pictures life as being on a path or a journey. As we discussed previously, walking with the Lord puts us on the narrow path where few others travel[...]

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“Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.” Jude 5   For a long time now, church culture has been driven by a consumer[...]

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It’s difficult not to be anxious when reading the headlines these days. Not only is our world engulfed in one crisis after another, but there’s a general lack of common sense and critical thinking. It’s as if our world is spinning out of control. Then as I read my Bible,[...]

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“For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” Jude 4   Grace is the unmerited favor of God. Through Jesus Christ[...]

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“Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by.” Psalm 57:1   Fear, anger, and anxiety are in abundant supply these days. Consequently, we look for places[...]

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Have you noticed that people today are more likely to express what they feel than what they think? There’s nothing innately wrong with emotions—God designed them. The problem is that feelings are eclipsing facts. Consequently, people don’t just demand respect for their emotion-based choices and opinions, but full acceptance of[...]

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“Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” Jude 3   Sometimes what we want to say is[...]

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