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)

Faithfulness

Run With Perseverance

Hebrews: Run With Perseverance (11:32-12:3)

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We are surrounded by all who have lived by faith. So, follow their example and run with perseverance, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

Jesus calls us to follow him

Jesus Calls Each of Us to Follow Him – John 21:21-22

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Jesus calls on us to follow him. Not to worry about other people and what God has in store for them. Just fix your eyes on him and follow.

an anchor for the soul

Hebrews: An Anchor of Hope for the Soul (6:13-20)

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The promise that God made to Abraham is relevant to those of us who have come to trust in Jesus. And that hope is an anchor for our soul.

an explicit warning

Hebrews: A Most Explicit Warning (6:4-12)

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There are a number of warnings in Hebrews about falling away. But this is the most explicit of them. How should be understand there warnings.

Jesus has greater honor than Moses

Hebrews: Jesus Is Greater Than Moses (3:1-6)

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To one raised in Old Testament Judaism, there was no one greater than Moses. But Hebrews here affirms that Jesus is greater than Moses.

John came preaching in the wilderness

Preaching in the Wilderness – Luke 3:3

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John likely began preaching in the wilderness before he had much of an audience. He is an example of faithfulness to God's call in his life.

why are you downcast

Why Are You Downcast, Oh My Soul – Psalms 42:5

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The cry of the psalmist is heartbreaking: why are you downcast my soul. Yet even in the mist of this, he continues to place his faith in God.

an enduring church

Philadelphia: The Enduring Church – Revelation 3:7-13

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Philadelphia was a weak church that seemed to have little going for them. Except that they were an enduring church that was faithful to God.

Don't Be Taken in by Deceptive Philosophy

Don’t Be Taken in by Deceptive Philosophy – Colossians 2:8

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Paul warns us against being taken in by deceptive philosophies that abound in our world. Instead, keep your eyes fixed on the Lord Jesus.

discharge the duties of your ministry

Discharge the Duties of Your Ministry – 2 Timothy 4:5

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Paul's charge to Timothy included discharging the duties of his ministry. This speaks to me as well. Do all that the Lord has given me to do.

prosperity of the wicked

Don’t Envy the Prosperity of the Wicked – Psalm 73

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Do you ever find yourself envying the prosperity of the wicked? If you do, you are not alone. But consider their fate, and rejoice in God.

walking with Christ

Walking With Christ: Backpacking as a Model

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The Scripture uses many metaphors to describe walking with Christ. I have found that backpacking works well for me in describing that walk.