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You Don't Need a Better You - You Need a Better View!

A few days ago, I watched an excellent video by Chris McRae, the pastor of the Sojourn Church in Carrolton, Texas. He was teaching about the issue of identity as a believer. Apart from the three main points of the message, what really stuck in my mind was the sentence that I'm using for the title of this blog: You Don't Need a Better You You Need a Better View! Unfortuna...

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Holy Love On the Move!

"The God of all grace" (1 Peter 5:10a) is a phrase that only occurs once in Scripture. This encouraging, hope-giving title of our God reminds us that His dealings with us are not based on what we deserve, but on His attitude and actions of love to us. As believers, no matter how painful the trial or how fierce our testing, we can always be confident that we aren't now, nor...

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The God Who Has Two Arms!

Isaiah 40:10-11, "Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." Based on the text, we see that God has a "ruling arm' and a "carrying arm...

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The God Who Has Two Arms! Part 2

Isaiah 40:10-11, "Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young." In our last article, we saw that God has a "ruling arm" (Omnipotence). In...

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Is The World A Sinking Titanic?

In 2016, pastor, theologian, and seminary president, John MacArthur of Grace Community Church and The Master's Seminary, spoke on a panel about the upcoming presidential election. When asked for his final thoughts on the election and what it meant for all parties involved, he said amidst laughter and clapping in the crowd, "We're rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic....

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Hardened By The Deceitfulness of Sin

Hebrews 3:13, "But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." When Ravi Zacharias died of cancer in May, 2020, at age 74, he was one of the most revered evangelists in the United States. Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke at his memorial service in Atlanta, calling him, "a man of faith ...

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Resisting the Tendency to Do Nothing for Fear of the Future!

Ecclesiastes 11:3-4, "If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap." During these shaky, scary, uncertain times, we will do well to heed the many millennia old coun...

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What Shall We Do?

There is a story in the Bible in 2 Kings 6:15-20 in which the Prophet Elisha's servant awakens one morning and goes outside only to see several thousand well-armed enemy troops surrounding their little town. Overwhelmed with fear, he cries out to the prophet, "Alas, what shall we do?" A vast number of American Christians are beginning to feel the same way, especially as t...

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Rearranging the Price Tags

Isaiah 5:20, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" The Danish philosopher Sren Kierkegaard tells a parable of a man who broke into a department store one night. Rather than stealing merchandise, he rearranged the price tags on many items. The next morning the clerk...

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Thou Changest Not!

The second verse of the famous hymn "Abide With Me" was written by Henry Francis Lyte. The verse reads, "Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not, abide with me."Lyte wrote the poem and set it to music while he lay dying from tuberculosis. In fact, he only lived for three weeks after completing the hymn. For us as 21st Century citizens, change seems ...

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