The Power of Love

In Romans 8:35-39, Paul writes some beautiful, powerful words about the love of Jesus. He speaks of what I will call the incredible, invincible, impenetrable power of Christ’s love!  For those who have received this love, it is such an amazing, extravagant love that we cannot be separated from it. The binding power of love […]

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To be like Jesus

God has created all people. Some of those people are going to respond in faith. Other people are not going to respond in faith. Both those who respond, and those who don’t, have free will. But God delights to work with those who respond so that they will become more and more like Jesus. He’s not going […]

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Rules are made to be.. Followed

Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? It’s immensity and unique beauty must be seen first-hand to experience the impact. As summer vacation travel gets into full swing, Park Rangers at the Grand Canyon always encourage visitors to have a safe and memorable vacation. They also remind sightseers each year to be extra careful. Sometimes […]

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Good, Good Master!

As freedom-loving Americans, the thought of being owned by someone else gives us this basic gut feeling of repugnance and disgust. It’s not something we would want to happen to us personally. So, when we read about being a slave in Paul’s letter to the Romans chapters 6-7, it’s hard for us to hear what […]

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Making it Right

A word that Paul repeats several times in Romans 5 (and elsewhere), is the word Justification or Justified. It’s a legal term to describe a person’s legal status as being exonerated or acquitted of their crime. Let me explain it this way: Suppose a man named John drove down the street and pulled into Wendy’s. […]

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JESUS: Beyond the Law

Has anyone ridden in a self-driving car? This is the transportation technology of the future! They’re being developed or improved by Uber, Google, Tesla, BMW, Audi, Honda, and more. These cars run on autopilot. It’s a scary thought to me to put my life in the hands of technology that’s going to travel at speeds […]

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Man Up!

When we examine the life of Moses prior to the Exodus, we find some great lessons in how the Lord makes a man of God. Two of those lessons are found In Exodus 2:11-12, where, sadly, we read that Moses murders an Egyptian who was beating a Hebrew slave.  He looked around to see if […]

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Free WILL, not Willy

In Romans 1:17 and 1:18, Paul writes about two types of Revelation: General or Natural Revelation and Special Revelation. He doesn’t use those words – those are labels we use to describe how God has revealed himself to the world. General Revelation refers to creation – God’s power and divine nature are revealed for all to […]

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Embracing what unites us

In contemporary, modern American culture, we are more often defined by our differences than what we have in common. This is a very discouraging cultural malady that we have been exposed to and succumbed to. Social media, newspaper articles, online news websites, the evening TV news, everywhere you turn it seems that we’re all being bombarded by […]

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Rekindle your Fire

In 2nd Timothy 1:6 we find the phrase “Fan into flame the gift of God…” That phrase means to kindle afresh, stir up, rekindle, revive, stoke. Think of a campfire. A campfire needs to be continually fed with fresh wood because the tendency of a campfire is to go out. It burns the wood as fuel, and once the […]

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