It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 (NLT) in reality, it is a simple question. How do we decide what to do and where to…

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In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5 (NCV) Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9 (NIV) The subject of individual rights is a hot topic right now. Perhaps it has always been, at least in…

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Examine me, O Lord, and test me! Evaluate my inner thoughts and motives! Psalm 26:2 (NET) Just Because It Seems to Be Working, It Doesn’t Mean That Everything Is All Right Many of us have had the unpleasant experience of driving in our car when we notice that the Check Engine light has come on.…

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  I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Philippians 3:13 (NLT). Looking backward can be a great hindrance to moving forward. Regret over past mistakes afflicts many people. Past victories and triumphs can also impede forward progress. 20th-century philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember…

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They are motivated by love, because they know that I’m put here to give a defense of the gospel; the others preach Christ because of their selfish ambition. Philippians 1:16–17 (CEB) Motives are problematic. They can lead someone to do the right thing for the wrong reason, but they can also result in doing the…

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He said, “I am a voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Make straight the way of the Lord—just as Isaiah the prophet said.” John 1:23 (CSB) We live in an era with “self-proclaimed experts” offering advice on just about any subject imaginable. If you have a message that you want people to hear…

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But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7 (NIV) In baseball, a complete player who excels in all aspects of the game is a five-tool player.  A five-tool…

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This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns.” Jeremiah 4:3 (NLT) The ancient world was primarily agrarian and so many of the allusions and illustrations of spiritual life in the Bible are to be…

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Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 (NIV) It is time to address an imbalance. Historically, much has been said about Paul’s command to “pray without ceasing,” but what about “rejoice always?” What does it mean to “rejoice always?” When things are good, rejoicing is almost a given, but…

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God says, “Rebuild the road!  Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity.” The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.  I restore the crushed spirit of the…

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