A Clay Jar

Encouraging, comforting, and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. (1 Thess. 2:12 NIV)

Bible Study

This is the parent category for all of the short Bible study and devotional posts. Nested under it is a separate category for each book in the Bible.

are you a saint

Are You A Saint, Loved by God? – Romans 1:7

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Are you a saint? If you are a child of God, loved by God, then you are a saint. So you should live lives set apart for his service.

to die is gain. Life at home in heaven

To Live Is Christ and to Die Is Gain – Philippians 1:20-24

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How many of us look forward to our physical death? I suspect not many. But, as Paul said, to die is gain. Because then we are with our Lord.

even on the Gentiles

Even On the Gentiles – Acts 10:44-46

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Who are the Gentiles in your life? The ones that you would be amazed to see come to Christ? Is there anyone you would not share Christ with?

the key to revival

The Key To Revival – 2 Chronicles 7:14

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The church in America seems to be dangerously lukewarm. We need revival, and the key is to humble ourselves, pray, and seek the Lord.

sharing your personal experience

The Importance of Personal Experience – John 9:25

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How do you respond to those who ask about your faith? One thing each of should be able to do is share our personal experience with Christ.

why worry

Why Worry? Trust God Instead – Luke 12:22-26

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We worry about many things. Mostly things we have no control over. Rather than worry, we should trust in the Lord who can easily care for us.

listen to Jesus

Listen to Jesus, the Beloved Son of God – Mark 9:5-7

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Many people throughout history have had valuable things to say. But none that compare to Jesus. Listen to Jesus and what he has to say.

God's commands verses human tradition

God’s Commands Verses Human Tradition – Mark 7:6-8

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It is easy to allow our human traditions to become a substitute for authentic worship. We should be careful to worship with God all our heart.

enter through the narrow gate

Enter Through the Narrow Gate – Matthew 7:13-14

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Which gate will you enter? The one to life? Or the one to destruction? Choose the road less traveled, and walk down it with Jesus.

rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all things

Rejoice, Pray and Give Thanks – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Nothing needs saying.

Being made new in Christ

Being Made New in Christ! – Galatians 2:20

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It is tempting to think that all I need to do as a Christian is to tweak my life a bit. But in reality, we are called to be made new. To be transformed.

make visible progress in the faith

Showing Visible Progress in the Faith – 1 Timothy 4:12-16

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Am I growing in my faith? Do others see any growth in me? Should I not be demonstrating visible progress in the growth of my faith?