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A Passage To Ponder: James 2:14-26

Steve Shepherd tells the story about a fellow leaving worship service one Sunday morning. The preacher was standing at the door shaking hands (You know that’s his job to shake ‘em in, then shake ‘em out).

Well, the preacher grabbed the guy by the hand and said, “Hey, friend, you need to join the Army of the Lord.”

“I’m already in the Army of the Lord,” the man replied.

“Then, why don’t I see you except at Christmas and Easter?” the preacher inquired. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Psalm 130

“Waking up to a beautiful sunrise is so promising. The air is quiet. Birds are beginning to stir in their nests. The moon is fading away as the sun’s rays quietly take over the sky”, wrote an unknown devotional writer.

“It’s as if God hit the restart button and we are powering up for a new day, a new beginning. Our batteries are charged, the things of yesterday are gone, and God is unveiling a chance to start anew.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Proverbs 13:20

Yesterday’s online INC magazine headlined an article by Marcel Schwantes with this captivating lead-in:

It Took Warren Buffett 2 Sentences to Offer the Best Advice You Will Hear Today

Timeless wisdom from the Oracle of Omaha.

It caught my attention. What financial insight would Buffett share from his vast wealth of financial acumen? A portfolio change? A stock tip? A retirement strategy? Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 1Corinthians 15:35-49

Tonight, I’m concluding a meeting in Marion, Indiana, and preaching from 1 Corinthians 15 about death and the bodily resurrection.

Death.

It is a sobering word. A cold word. A frightening word. We don’t even like to say it. We prefer euphemisms. We say, “She passed away.’ “He expired.” “She’s gone.” In a lighter vein we speak of someone “pushing up daisies”, or “kicking the bucket,” Or being “six feet under.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Psalm 123

Warren W. Wiersbe, a well-known Bible scholar, and the author of over 160 books and Bible commentaries shared this motto from one radio listener sent him several years ago.

“Look at others and be distressed. Look at yourself, and be depressed. Look to God, and you’ll be blessed.”

“This may not be a piece of literature,” Wiersbe opined, “but it certainly contains great practical theology.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: 1Corinthians 6:9-11

Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of a very cute and clever children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

The story is about a caterpillar whose voracious appetite could never be satisfied. He was always hungry. Always eating, day after day. Never filled.

But one day something changed. Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 28:18-20

Plaque on a preacher’s desk:

“I’m just a NOBODY telling
EVERYBODY
about SOMEBODY
who can save ANYBODY!”

This succinct sign summarizes our responsibility to share the Good News about Jesus with others. Today’s passage speaks to that wonderful challenge and blessed opportunity.

We call it “The Great Commission.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 19:16-22

Steve Shepherd tells a story about a well-known Christian businessman in his local community who was visiting a church and asked to give his testimony.

“I have a fine family, a large house, a successful business, and a good reputation,” he began. “I have plenty of money so I can support some Christian ministries very generously. Many organizations want me on their board of directors. I have good health and almost unlimited opportunities.”

He then asked, “What more could I ask from God?” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 14:22-36

Charles Allen, in Victory in the Valleys, tells a cute story about 5-year-old Johnny helping his mother make supper.

At one point, she asked him to go into the pantry and get her a can of tomato soup.

“It’s dark in there and I’m scared,” Johnny objected.

After repeating her request and Johnny continuing to express his fears, she said, “It’s ok, Jesus will be in there with you.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Matthew 7:1-5

Recently I was watching the Andy Griffith Show that taught a wonderful lesson called, “Opie’s Charity.”

The episode from 1960 begins with Annabelle Silby coming by Andy’s house while he and Opie are playing catch. She’s soliciting help for the annual children’s charity drive.

When Andy and Annabelle go to the courthouse to discuss the status of the fund-raiser, she compliments Mayberry’s children for their willingness to help. Andy uses this opportunity to brag on Opie, suggesting he’s probably one of the biggest contributors in the class. Continue reading

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