A Clay Jar

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Two knights in a sword fight: The battle within

The Battle Within – Romans 7:15

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The battle is between being the person I believe God wants me to be and the person I am comfortable being. Between the Spirit and the flesh.

The Church Is Not the Building We Meet In

The Church Is Not the Building We Meet In – Luke 21:5-6

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Our buildings can facilitate our gathering as a church and ministry to our community. But they are not the church Christ died for.

Christ’s Love Compels Us

Christ’s Love Compels Us – 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

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There is no question about Christ’s love for me. But does my love for Christ compel me to live for him now? It should!

A hand holding a leaf: The Breath of Life

The Breath of Life – Job 34:14

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God alone has life eternal and uncaused. The life of all other things comes from his uncaused life and depends on it.

Sunrise over the ocean: A comparison of two covenants

A Comparison of Two Covenants – 2 Corinthians 3:10

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The glory of the new covenant, established at the cross, far surpasses the glory of the old covenant established at Mt. Sinai.

A man digging through a trash can: A parable of role reversals.

A Parable of Role Reversals – Luke 16:19-23

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The parable of Lazarus and the rich man calls on us to evaluate our lives through God’s eyes rather than the standards of this world.

By the Grace of God

By the Grace of God – 1 Corinthians 15:10

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Be faithful to God, not letting his grace to you be in vain. By the grace of God, be who he has graciously equipped you to be.

Man standing on a hill at sunset: Hold firmly to the gospel message

Hold Firmly to the Gospel Message – 1 Corinthians 15:1-2

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If we abandon faith in the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus, then we are no longer standing on the gospel.

The Greatest of These Is Love

The Greatest of These Is Love – 1 Corinthians 13:13

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The most important thing I can do as a believer is to love God with my whole being and to love those around me.

Blueprints: God is in charge and has a plan

God Is in Charge and Has a Plan – Exodus 9:15-16

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God is “working out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” No one can thwart his plan for us.

A pair of meercats - How faint the whisper we hear of God

How Faint the Whisper We Hear of God- Job 26:14

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God's voice is a whisper we can easily ignore. But, if we listen, we can understand and experience the power of God and his love for us.

A man holding a loaf of bread - Trusting God each step of the way

Trusting God Each Step of the Way – Luke 9:16-17

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We may not see how we can accomplish the task God has given us. But if we step out in obedience, God will supply what we need. As we need it.