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Cardboard Cutouts – is this for You?

In many events where audiences crowded in prior to our universal Covid19 “experience,” video now shows “Cardboard Cutouts” in the seats where fans previously occupied them. These are the enthusiasts, folks who once filled the arenas, stadiums and conference centers. There is no denying that caution must be taken and that for some who are at greater risk, the wiser…

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You Can’t Tell a Book by Its Cover

You can’t tell a book by its cover. Hmm. What can you “tell” a book, anyway? We’ve all heard the saying and understand that a book’s contents, its quality, its worth, is best determined by digesting what’s on the pages. A first impression solely from a flashy cover page can easily oversell the product and disappoint the reader.…

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God is More Gracious with Counsel than I Am

What is your response when someone comes to you for counsel? Do you have a welcoming disposition? Does it make you feel affirmed, just a little bit? What about with those repeat “askers?” Do you think to yourself, what, again? Haven’t we covered this ground before? I’ve gone over this with you before. I thought…

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In a sound-bite world, where do you seek truth and wisdom?

More and more we have become a “grab and go” culture. We don’t limit this methodology to just drive-through dining and microwave meals. We quite often are satisfied to get much of our information, form our opinions and establish our values on paper-thin and shallow sources. Our attention spans are shrinking and the sturdy “shovels” with which…

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Justification: Too good to be true for you?

In 2 Cor. 5:21 Paul wrote “He made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Jesus).”  As marvelous as it is, justification means more than just the forgiveness of our sins. In the same act of love through which God…

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Becoming a “Chip” off the Old Block?

Have you ever watched a sculptor work? It doesn’t matter if the medium used is stone or wood, the process is truly remarkable as the artist, with a vision of the finished work clearly in his or her mind’s eye, works patiently to “liberate” from that raw material something of completed form and lasting beauty.  Michelangelo labored for…

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With God, it’s not hide and seek. It’s seek (Part 3)

Where do we turn to determine God’s will? (This segment wraps up a 3 part blog which hopefully will give you some practical and biblical insight in arriving at the type of decisions we commonly wrestle with and desire to work through to a result which will be pleasing to God) We noted in the…

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With God, it’s not hide and seek. It’s seek. (Part 2)

Undoubtedly God always has the best interest in mind for those who have come to faith in him through Jesus. (Rom. 8:28) We are accepted and loved and God’s affection and regard for us is not determined by how well we jump through behavioral hoops in our efforts to gain his notice and favor. However,…

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With God, it’s not hide and seek. It’s seek. (Part 1)

At any Christian bookstore one of the most sought out sections has to do with knowing God’s will. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. “ (1 Thess. 5:16-18) Is that it? All of it? Certainly desiring God’s will is a good thing. But…

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Wise As Serpents and Innocent As Doves?

We live in an age where mass media and social media can be used  –  you might say are being used as weaponry against many of the principles we, as Christians see as foundational and representative of our worldview and way of life. There is a new weapon in the secular arsenal called “cancel – culture,” which attempts to…

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