When Relationships Go Bad
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When Relationships Go Bad

I Samuel 19:9-10 Relationship…the very word means connection by blood or marriage; connections among persons. Sometimes those connections are a blessing, sometimes there is real turmoil. If the truth were known, we all have experienced problems in our relationships. It might be problems in our marriage, problems with people at work, problems at school or problems with a...

What God Hates: Idol Worship
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What God Hates: Idol Worship

God does not want His people to worship anything or anyone else because He wants their hearts to belong to Him. (Joshua 24:23) In the Bible, God warns us often about misplaced worship because He knows that every man’s heart is prone to worship other things. He refers to misplaced worship as IDOLATRY. Idolatry is the worst thing...

God’s Perfect Plan for Imperfect People
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God’s Perfect Plan for Imperfect People

Genesis 32:27-28 – “And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Time and perspective have a tendency to romanticize things, don’t they?...

Even the Best Laid Plans
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Even the Best Laid Plans

As I began my study of the Word this morning I came across a great verse in Acts. Luke, the author of Acts, has a goal of conveying how the Gospel spread throughout the world after Christ ascended. He begins chapter one with the conversation that takes place just before Christ ascends into heaven. In...

Don’t Run. Rest!
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Don’t Run. Rest!

“Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the...

When You Mess Up Big Time
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When You Mess Up Big Time

Have you ever messed up “big time”?  When we first meet Paul, Paul’s life reveals even when we mess up, God will forgive us and continue to use us. God has a purpose for our lives before we are born. Remember Saul was very religious, but he had no personal relationship with God. Nothing in Saul’s...

Failure Isn’t Final!
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Failure Isn’t Final!

“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison,...

The Resting Christian
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The Resting Christian

There are some days when the to-do list seems as long as a CVS receipt! From the moment you get up you have projects and deadlines, walk-ins and phone calls, and not enough hours to accomplish half of what needs to be done! Days like this are exhausting physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Even when we...

Keep Serving the Great “I Am”
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Keep Serving the Great “I Am”

Life’s circumstances can be fearful and confusing. Think of circumstances in your life that would cause you to feel this way. What if I lost my job? What if some sort of physical condition suddenly changed in my or a family member’s life? What if my church closed [hopefully church is a vital part of...