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One Very Loud “Amen!”

Today, Jesus got an ovation, and it was awesome! There is something about applause during a sermon that makes me extremely uncomfortable in my own skin, yet today it was highly appropriate. The verse was Revelation 1:7, a strange text for Christmas Eve, though very appropriate when the context is compared to …

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Let It Roll

Live peaceably with all men... Easier said than done. Everything in us wants to fly off the handle when we are inconvenienced or insulted. Paul's words were nothing new, they had been modeled by Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Nonetheless, these words are revolutionary as far as human society is concerned. To seek …

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Are You Breathing?

"Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!" -Amos 6:1 I remember a movie I saw as a kid about a family that was moving across the country. They owned a Saint Bernard dog that was so fat and lazy they only …

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Running From God

But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord..." -Jonah 1:3 A devoted Sunday School teacher once taught her class the story of Jonah being swallowed by the whale after running from God. She added all the flare and drama she could muster, then she proceeded to ask them what the moral of …

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Unquenchable Thirst

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary." -Psalm 63:1-2 There is a longing deep in the soul to know God, to hear a revelation from …

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When Our Plans Line Up With God’s Plans

"A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps." -Proverbs 16:9 Have you ever mistakenly assumed that you are totally in charge of your own life? God created us to be choice-makers and we have certainly made our fair share of bad choices. He grants us free will, the ability to determine what …

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Your New Identity

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." -2 Corinthians 5:17 There is much to be said for the power of our identity. The way you live your life, make decisions, and carry yourself all depend on how you define and identify …

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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, …

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The Price of a Soul

"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:" -1 Peter 1:18-19 Do you realize that we've each sold ourselves …

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Holy Agitation

"Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry." -Acts 17:16 Paul was "stirred" or literally, agitated in his spirit. Often we are agitated by the world because our values are insulted, but Paul's zeal had little to do with his own …

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