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Christian Consumerism

The following is a conversation I had with someone at a local coffeehouse. “There are simply no good churches in our city!” Mary stated with vigor. “Have you been to every church in our city?” I asked. “Well, no but … Continue reading

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Why Is Joy Pushed Aside?

Every time she begins to laugh in church she places her hand over her mouth and contains herself. Week after week I noticed she would experience God and once again she would contain herself from laughing. I am a good … Continue reading

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Famous Paintings

An old man and his beloved son lived together in a beautiful home. Their home was adorned with priceless paintings that would fetch millions of dollars. They hosted paintings from some of the most famous painters in history—Pablo Picasso, Vincent … Continue reading

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God Is Not Into Priorities

God is not into priorities.  Quite a shocking statement isn’t it? When I sat down to do some pre-marital counseling with Heather and Derrick I ask them what they wanted God to do in the midst of their marriage? Derrick … Continue reading

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He Kept Giving Them More Law

Jesus delivered the law to those who were gathered at the Sermon on the Mount. “You have heard that it was said to our people long ago, ‘You must not murder anyone.Anyone who murders another will be judged.” (Matthew 5:21) I … Continue reading

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The Last Samurai

In the magnificent movie The Last Samurai, Tom Cruise plays a character by the name of Algren, an ex-United States Army Captain. In the movie, the westernized Japanese Imperial Army recruits Algren, because he is a decorated warrior, to help … Continue reading

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God Forgets

It is time to stop remembering what our Father has forgotten. So how much are you forgiven? Let me use an analogy to explain. If you traveled north in an airplane with the intent of traveling around the earth, what … Continue reading

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Someone Has To Die First

Oscar and Maggie were extremely sad. Maggie’s dad had just passed away. Maggie and her dad didn’t have much of a relationship while she was growing up. Maggie’s dad was an alcoholic and while she had good memories of her … Continue reading

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Trying To Get Life Out of Dead Things

God is calling you up!  One of my favorite verses concerning the revelation of our identity is, “Let us keep living by the same standard to which we have attained” (Phil. 3:16). I note a couple of things in this … Continue reading

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You Are Never Alone

I have a close friend who spent 17 years behind bars at San Quentin Federal Penitentiary. Michael spent the first 9 years in prison as a gang member for two reasons. First he was an extremely angry man who would … Continue reading

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