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Choosing the Godly Response to Circumstances

In our journey through the Word (I've been preaching through the entire Bible on Sundays), we've come up to the book of Ruth - one of my own favorites in the Old Testament. Ruth's story takes place during one of the darker ages of the history of the Israelites. It's a dark time in her nation, her life, and her family, yet Ruth manages to make some pretty great decisions along the way. ONE GREAT TRUTH: Life presents a series of circumstances to us that are really …

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Rejoice In the Lord… Always, Again I say Rejoice

One of my favorite daily news feeds comes from The Daily Spurgeon. Today's thought addressed something that Christians struggle with often. But usually, when someone comes to me with this question, they're already on the right track. It is "Can I enjoy the world around me, though it is perishing?" The Bible tells us to love not the world, neither the things that are in the world (1 John 2:16-17), but the "world" in view here is not the planet which God made to be good …

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Whom Do You Love?

"Love not the world... for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but of the world, and the world passeth away..." -1 John 2:15-17 Remember Louis Armstrong's great What A Wonderful World? Angie and I had that song played at our wedding. This truly is a wonderful world in many respects. It's the place where we view the glory of God in creation. This world is where Jesus came to minister and to …

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Soul-Padding

Jesus: “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil (one)… Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” –John 17:15, 17 The church is a movement started by Jesus consisting of people who are “called out” together into one body in a single locality charged with the assignment of bringing the glory of God to all peoples in their community and in their world. Elsewhere the Bible calls God’s people …

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