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I Shall Arise

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me." -Micah 7:8 When I was rather young, I went sledding down Bowling Green's "Hospital Hill" one snowy day with my brother and my Dad. I was so excited about taking my first run on my own, but something went terribly wrong. there was a snowdrift covering a stump and I hit it head on. The sled went down, I went up (and what goes up must come down) and I …

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Life… In All Its Complexity

The blog has been put on hold for a couple of weeks now, primarily because of all that my wife and I have been experiencing in our personal lives. Here's a recounting of it... On Monday evening, October 30, Angie left her ladies' Connection Cafe meeting feeling well, but by the time we drove from the church to our house (just a couple of minutes) she was in terrible pain. We decided to go to the emergency room. Our beloved friends, Cory and Lachelle McCaig, came to sit from …

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Compelling Compassion

"Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way." -Matthew 15:32 It is impossible for us to help everyone we want to help. Certainly Jesus felt this same frustration. Though He healed so many, He did not heal everyone in the world and though He fed thousands, He did not feed all the poor in His day. …

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Snuffing Out Sin

“But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”—Romans 13:14In the world before electricity, people used candles for more than mere decorations. When you use a lot of candles, especially the homemade kind, you need a snuffer. If you blow the candles out, you’ll spill precious wax and waste it, but a snuffer will put the candle out cleanly. How? By stealing the flame’s source of energy – oxygen.Sin has a tendency to …

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Weeping For the Hurting

"Jesus wept..." -John 11:35 I found out this morning that a couple who belong to my church lost their son in an untimely death. I can't imagine their pain or their loss and what they will be facing in the coming days. I only pray God's Spirit will remind them moment-by-moment of God's steadfast love for them and for their son who is now safe in His arms in heaven. When I received the call, I was over three hundred miles away on a weekend vacation. On the drive home, my …

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According to His Mercy

“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving-kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.” –Psalm 51:1-2King David had committed adultery, murder, and had concocted a cover-up that lasted for a year. In God’s timing, Nathan the prophet came to the King with those stinging words. He told the King a parable of a rich man who oppressed a poor man and the King was …

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Living In Jesus’ Name – Part 2

In my last blog, I explained that living in the name of Jesus means living with His approval. Today, we need to learn that living in the name of Jesus also means living under His authority, and also living in the power of His authority.Jesus said to His church, "All power in heaven and in earth is given unto me... Go ye therefore..." We are commanded to go in the authority of Jesus. We can be victorious over life's struggles only in the power of Jesus. This authority over …

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Where Do People Go When They Die?

This is a very common question and one to which the Scriptures give much attention. First, let me state some answers that I believe are false and which find no true support from Scripture...> Soul Sleep. There are a few religious groups today which teach a doctrine known as "soul sleep" in which a believer who dies simply "sleeps" or fades totally from consciousness until the final judgment.> Pergatory. Roman Catholicism teaches that a person may go to this state of limbo in …

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Help Is On the Way

”Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” –James 5:8Imagine yourself a Jew living in Palestine in the days leading up to the birth of Jesus. Like Anna and Simeon, you’ve been expecting Messiah to come any time. You’ve read the prophecy of Daniel which foretold the very day that Jesus would be rejected by Israel (the seventy weeks’ prophecy). Micah had recorded that the place would be Bethelehem. Perhaps you’ve even heard about the …

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Prune Thyself

”For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” -1 Corinthians 11:31Did your parents ever make that ludicrous comment to you, “If you don’t stop crying, I’m going to give you something to cry about?” I never really understood the logic behind that line of reasoning, especially when I was the direct object of the statement. When I read Paul’s words to the Corinthians, it suddenly makes more sense.Paul wrote to a church with severe moral problems within and they …

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