When Jesus Came and When He Will Come Again

You can imagine the crowd's anticipation. Rumors that a new prophet had arisen had swirled around the countryside for months. Some claimed that, when he was baptized by John, the heavens opened and Go

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The Power of a Grateful Spirit

Research shows that a baby needs 1,000 repetitions to learn a single word. A high-school student needs on average about 17 repetitions to learn something. When you're an adult, you need approximately

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Sound Advice

The New Testament book of Titus is a short letter written by the Apostle Paul to a young, Gentile convert named Titus. As he opens this letter, Paul refers to Titus as my true child in a common faith,

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Grace and Peace to You

It's hard to imagine but once this world had very few written words. Today we are inundated with words. Podcasts by the millions, tweets, posts, videos, streaming, and so, so many written words. I've

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Are you Titus?

  My earliest memories of Sunday school class are about the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul. The teacher, Mrs. Daniels, had flannel boards that she used to show Paul being lowered in a ba

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Romans 8

Romans 8 has been described by some as the greatest chapter in the greatest letter ever written. I am convinced that you could spend a lifetime digging through its thirty-nine verses and never mine al

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Heading for Home

I recently encountered something wonderfully unexpected in the baseball world. So unexpected you might say it completely "came out of left field" (except that this involves a pitcher rather than an ou

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The Gospels and Acts Trivia

How about a little New Testament trivia from the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts.  Answers are below the questions. The Gospels and Acts Trivia QuestionsQ1: What type of insect d

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Simplify

In the spring of 2021, Adam and I did a series with the teens called, "Simplify." Our idea for the theme came from how the previous year had gone down. Almost everything in our world shut down, includ

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The Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Luke, the longest and most detailed gospel, was written by a Gentile physician that most likely never met Jesus. But, this outsider, covers several events and parables not included in th

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Confident Humility

Throughout most of high school and some of college, I really wrestled with the idea of humility. I knew that, as a follower of Christ, I was supposed to be humble, and I really wanted to be, but, try

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The Significance of a Both/And Savior

Have you ever thought about the fact that we live in an either/or society? Think about it...you're EITHER a republican OR you're a democrat. You're EITHER a capitalist OR a socialist. You are EITHER a

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Seeing with Jesus' Eyes

We are beginning our reading of the gospels over the next few weeks. These books give us four different perspectives of Jesus, our perfect example. I helped teach a class on Jesus' interactions earlie

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So Far

 What's your favorite epic TV series? A show that lasted for years. Season after season. Always keeping your interest. Anxiously waiting for the next episode. The Crown, Downton Abbey, ER, 24, Lo

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Kingdoms Come (And Go)

This week's reading (1 Chronicles 25 – 2 Chronicles 24) is full of political intrigue, peaceful and not-so-peaceful transfers of power, a nation divided against itself and some of the best and worst k

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You are the Way

Life lessons come in so many ways, especially for the young. Whether I could help or not, I went everywhere with my Dad. We had come home from church and had lunch that Mom had left cooking earlier in

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God Has a Plan

 Ezekiel Chapters 16-36 by Tom and Christie McKeeEzekiel…is a lot of repetition. It seems like we read the same words over and over again, yet there must be a reason God wanted us to read these w

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God in the Book of Esther

Esther teaches God's Sovereignty Queen Esther, I clearly remember the picture from the preschool Sunday school class. Esther was magnificent in her royal robes, adorned with lots of shiny jewelry and

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Nehemiah - ". . . think on these things."

In the book of Nehemiah, when Israel returns from exile to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls, they begin to understand how God wants them to change. Or do they?Let's look back at why the Israelites were

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Why I Love Lamentations

    Lamentations 3:31–33 (ESV)           31 For the Lord will not                         

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