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The Door Is Open

“I know your works. Because you have limited strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name, look, I have placed before you an open door that no one is able to close.” – Revelation 3:8 The Lord knows what you’re made of and He knows what you’re capable of....

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Don’t Short Change Yourself

“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” – John 1:46 This was a question posed by Nathanael long ago. Sadly, there are still people today who take potshots like this at less attractive, poverty stricken areas. Some of my students were born and raised in these...

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The Sons of Thunder and their Irish Temper

“Now as the days before he should be taken back into Heaven were running out, he resolved to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers in front of him. They set out and entered a Samaritan village to make preparations for him. But the people there refused to welcome him...

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Think Happy Thoughts

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8 Do you ever find yourself in a...

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Navigating The Thorns

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so you can endure it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13 A large portion of my...

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Our Security Blanket

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” – Romans 8:31 Linus, a character from the Peanuts comic strip, brought his security blanket with him just about everywhere he went. It brought him so much comfort that he...

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Safe Pastures

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.” – Psalm 37:3 Back when I was in college, a friend of mine and I went to an off-campus party we had heard about. We didn’t really know anyone there. We’d seen a few of the people there around...

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From Now Until The End Credits

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21 Some of the highest grossing films of all time center around good overcoming evil. The world is safe for another day, and then the end credits roll. Clearly, we love seeing this. We love seeing...

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Act Now

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” – Romans 12:9 Let’s face it. The only people who cling to what is evil are either evil themselves, gluttons for punishment, or need an honest to goodness check-up from the neck up. It does not end well...

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The Carrot and Stick

“Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?” – Romans 2:4 A lot of people probably think God’s kindness is basically the ultimate carrot and stick for us....

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