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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

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.

I am with you

I Am With You and Will Rescue You – Jeremiah 1:19

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God's message to Jeremiah, "I am with you", is especially relevant to us today. Be faithful to God's call in your life, and he will be with you.

Tithing: Should Christians tithe today?

Tithing: Should New Testament Believers Tithe Their Income?

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Tithing was a requirement under the Old Testament Law. But is it still a mandate for New Testament believers? Do we have an obligation to give financially?

watch your life and doctrine closely

Watch Your Life and Doctrine Closely – 1 Timothy 4:16

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All believers, not just preachers and teachers, need to watch our lives and doctrine closely. Both for ourselves and those we influence.

Jacob and Leah

Jacob and Leah: A Happy Ending – Genesis 49:31

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The marriage of Jacob and Leah is not likely one that you would see as being happy. Yet in the end, faithful Leah had victory over Rachel.

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Blessed Because of Joseph – Genesis 39:5

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Does God bless faithfulness? I believe he does. And the story of Joseph shows that others will also be blessed because of our faithfulness.

For such a time as this

Are You Here for Such a Time as This – Esther 4:14

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Like Esther, God has placed us here 'for such a time as this.' So make every effort to be a positive influence on the world around you.

traveling on the right road

Traveling On the Right Road – Proverbs 14:12

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How often do we come to a fork in the road of life and choose the one most appealing, only to discover it was the wrong one? Choose wisely.

Accountability as a Believer

Accountability as a Believer – Luke 12:48b

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As a believer in the Lord Jesus I have a level of accountability to God for what he was given to me. Will I be faithful to him? Or will I fall short.