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A Sufferer Needs a Friend

If you are familiar with the story of Job you would probably agree with me that his friends were awful counselors. Their advice was not helpful for Job, on the contrary. With their false assessment that his suffering was the result of his sin they only made matters worse. On top of it all, they misrepresented God. Job's friends are not skilled physicians of the soul. Howe...

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Bleeding Bible

"Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God" (2 Sam. 16:23). Wouldn't it be amazing to have someone in your world who would be this full of God's truth? No wonder that this man was esteemed highly both by King David and his son Absalom. This verse makes me think about a comment the great preacher Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)...

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The Greener Grass

The Greener Grass Conspiracy by Stephen Altrogge is a helpful little book. It hits a nerve with almost everyone who reads it, including myself. The subtitle says it all: Finding Contentment on Your side of the Fence. The author helps us to do battle with discontentment by steering us back to the truths of the Gospel. You can find the first chapter online. The habit of dis...

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The Way of the Transgressor

King Saul is a prime example in Scripture of someone who started well, but finished poorly. His first actions as ruler of the nation were spot on. But after his flagrant disobedience of the Lord's command (1 Sam. 13:13) he soon spiraled down and landed in a deep pit of insanity and evil. In 1 Samuel 28 Saul is about to do battle against the Philistines. It will prove to b...

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Take Care How You listen

How often do we leave the church service unaffected? How about unchallenged? How frequently do we go home invigorated, encouraged or, dare I say it, changed? Going to church can easily equal going through the motions. Why? One reason is easily overlooked: we come unprepared. "Hey, be happy we're here", a father and mother of three small children may protest. I understand....

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Fighting the Fight of Faith for Purity

Sexual sin stains us like no other sin (1 Cor. 6:18). It kills our relationship with God and robs usof the ability to love our spouse, children and our Christian brothers and sisters well. May these Bible truths serve as ammunition in fighting the fight for purity in the power of the Holy Spirit. Let's believe them, ponder them, memorize them, take hold of them and apply ...

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Foolishness 101

Foolishness abounds in our world. Even common sense has gone out the window. Watch the evening news or scroll down your Facebook News Feed and inevitably you will ask yourself: am I crazy or what? Scripture has a lot to say about foolishness. But the biblical definition of a fool goes beyond our modern day usage. It adds a dimension that is foundational to every deed of f...

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Living by Faith

George Mller lived two centuries ago, but his life and ministry have deeply affected me. Mller founded orphanages and schools in Bristol, England. His primary purpose was not the physical and spiritual wellbeing of the children, though this was certainly included. His main goal was to prove to both believers and unbelievers that God is able to meet the needs of His childre...

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Leading by Loving

It is very controversial, but the Bible states that the husband is the head of his wife. He bears the brunt of the responsibility to provide for and protect the family. He sets the tone for the spiritual climate in th home. Wives are called to submit to their husbands while husbands are called to step out in faith and courageously accept their God given role as leaders. T...

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Suffering: Why Does God Allow It?

Why does an all-powerful and loving God permit evil? This question has challenged the hearts and minds of Christians throughout the centuries. When adversity strikes every one of us will come face to face with this inevitable mystery. God is not offended when our "why" questions flow candidly from our broken hearts. In fact, He welcomes them. The writers of the Psalms fre...

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