Jesus told his disciples, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 (NIV). Do we think of mountains as obstacles that stand in our way? Or…

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But let the godly rejoice. Let them be glad in God’s presence. Let them be filled with joy. Psalm 68:3 (NLT) Consider with me the relationship between faith and praise. With rare exceptions, we all know people who have “left the faith.” Have you ever heard of someone who has “left the praise?” Although I…

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“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Job 42:2 (NIV) Have you heard somebody say something like this: “No matter who the president is, Jesus is still Lord.” It is a true statement, but is it one of consolation or confidence? If it is spoken with confidence,…

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“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (NLT) The Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines endurance as “the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially: the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity.” I enjoy…

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Elsie has finished her race, but we continue our journey and we can draw inspiration from Elsie’s courage.

This past Saturday I officiated the funeral for Elsie, a 51-year-old woman with a devoted husband, 3 children, and 2 grandchildren. The place was packed, with perhaps as many people standing as there were seats available. They had all gathered to honor this remarkable woman who fought a good fight. We first met Elsie, a…

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