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Forgiven, But Not Forgotten

Our oldest son sent me a text this week that read, “Dad, the story of you, the police officers and the water balloons is now the favorite story in my house.” I wrote back, “Forgiven, but not forgotten.” This is another challenge to trust. When Abraham was an old man and his wife was too…

Faith’s Challenges

Faith has many challenges. James tells us to consider it pure joy whenever we face trials of many kinds. He then explains. The testing of our faith produces perseverance. The faithful remain faithful. Perseverance has a long slow process of work to accomplish. That work is our maturity and completeness so that we lack nothing…

Focus

It’s almost here! Are you counting down the days? Are you ready for some football? My Packers have their first pre-season game Thursday night. Auburn and Alabama kick off their season on Saturday, September 5. The players are already working hard in practice to get ready. They have been working hard all off season. Don’t…

Go Make Disciples

How do we do that? What does it mean? A disciple is one who has been taught and instructed in how to be a follower of another. The one to follow in the context of the Bible is Jesus. We make disciples by making known or proclaiming the good news about Jesus Christ. The word…

Have You Not Read?

It’s a common question. All of us have been asked it often. But some questions become extremely significant because of the one who is asking. Jesus asked a number of questions. All of which are very important for us to give serious consideration to how we would answer. This is one of those questions. Jesus…

God’s Grace

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” (Eph. 2:8 ) Grace is a gift. A favor. Grace is the gift of God. That is important and often overlooked. As humans we can give a type of grace to one another and we…

Blessed and a Blessing

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” (Gal. 2:20 ) Can you imagine the words…

Counting Points

If you have ever tried to lose weight using the Weight Watcher system, you know about counting points. A fairly simple method since Weight Watchers has so many common foods and popular restaurant menu items included in their data base for easy calculation. However, it gets a little tricky when you try to figure the…

What Goes With Me?

“Since you can’t take it with you, you may as well grab for all the gusto of this life while you can.” That is a statement I overheard at lunch from a nearby table. It’s not the first time I’ve heard those ideas expressed. And there is some truth in it. “Naked I came from…

A Sad State of Affairs

Paul begins Romans by describing the things that moved man away from God and into the darkness of sin that grips all of humanity. Those things are summed up in these words, “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served the created things rather than the Creator – who is…