Gracious Words Falling

Words can wound or they can heal.  Words can build up or tear down.  Words are powerful. And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, ” Is this not Joseph’s son?”  (Luke 4:22) I love the wording that Luke uses

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Grace upon Grace, Gift upon Gift

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. (John 1:16) The word grace in the New Testament can also mean gift.  Which is fitting considering that grace is a gift.  You cannot earn grace; you can only receive it. God is a good and kind Father who is rich with His

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Grace & Truth, not Truth & Grace

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John 1:14) Jesus was full of grace and truth.  I believe that God was very specific when He had John write grace and truth. He uses the

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3 Reasons Why I Struggle to Believe God is Good

There’s a cliché said among Christians where one person will say, “God is good.” Then, another person will say, “All the time. And all the time….” The first person responds back with “God is good.” There’s truth in that. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good. As a follower

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Jesus Gave the World the Right to Judge Christians

Jesus didn’t come into the world to condemn the world.  He didn’t give his followers the right to judge or condemn the world either.  Yet one would think that American Christians (I write from this perspective because I am one) have this notion that it’s our job to judge the world telling them how bad

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The Cross of Jesus Changes Everything

The Cross is the centerpiece of human history.  By the death and resurrection of Jesus everything changed in an instant.  Death came by one man in an instant through Adam’s disobedience.  Life was made available to all men in an instant when Jesus cried out, “It is finished.”  There was never more a definite statement

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Stop in the Name of the Law

I am a man that likes rules.  It’s just my personality.  I am a person who likes organization and order.  I like to know what my parameters are.  Now that doesn’t mean that I always obey the rules but I like rules. To me it makes life easier.  But rules have their problems.  Mostly that

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Thank God, I’m Not Like You

I hate to admit this but I have fallen prey to the sin of comparison too many times to count.  It’s a dangerous sin and one that befalls many in the body of Christ.  The sin of comparison is when we compare ourselves to others.  As Jesus-followers we are not in competition with each other.  We are to compliment

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Jesus Offers Overdraft Protection

American Christians today have a sin problem.  Many of you are probably thinking, “Duh!!”.  But our sin problem is not that we sin, but rather that we focus too much on our sin.  Jesus has taken care of our sin problem by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead.  He has overcome

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Knowing Jesus as a Person

I’ve been a follower of Christ since I was 12 years old.  That was a long time ago.  I have been involved in various capacities of ministry for over 20 years.  I am not a novice when it comes to church life, the Bible, preaching, praying, or anything else that goes along with the Christian

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