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2 Timothy – How are you going to finish?

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Scripture & Thought 2 Timothy 4:7 – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.   There was a man who had the unique opportunity of reading his own obituary. One day over his morning toast, he opened the paper and saw his name in the obituary column. […]

Judges 6 – God can do a lot with a little

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Scripture & Thought Judges 6:6 – “So Israel was reduced to starvation by the Midianites. Then the Israelites                      cried out to the LORD for help.”   John Wesley said, “Give me a hundred men who love God with all their hearts and fear nothing but […]

Matthew 16 – Take up your cross and experience life

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Scripture & Thought Matthew 16:24-25 – “If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”   What comes to mind when you see a cross? […]

1 Corinthians 15 – New bodies

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Scripture & Thought 1 Corinthians 15:53 – “For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.”   Someone once asked Billy Graham what the greatest surprise of his life had been. He responded, “The brevity of it.” As you get older, it seems […]

1 Corinthians 16 – Character in a storm

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1 Corinthians 16:13 — “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”   A few years ago, Hawaiians were preparing for a huge storm that supposedly would devastate their state. It was coming directly toward them. But then it took a hard turn. In the end, there still was some bad weather, but […]

Matthew 5 – Make a difference with God’s power behind us

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Scripture & Thought Matthew 5:14 – “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”   I don’t know when things have been any darker in our culture spiritually. Our culture is awash with depictions of violence. People flaunt immoral lifestyles. They wink at things the […]

Proverbs 4 – The heart of the problem

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Scripture & Thought Proverbs 4:23 – “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”   The film 127 Hours tells the true story of Aron Ralston, who was  rock climbing alone in Utah when a boulder shifted and pinned his arm. He tried everything he could to get out from under […]

Jude 1 – Keep your hand in God’s hand

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Scripture & Thought Jude 1:21 – “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”   I don’t keep myself saved, but I keep myself safe. God saves me. That’s established. But I keep myself safe, which means that I keep myself in the love […]

Psalm 19 – God had it right all along

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Scripture & Thought Psalm 19:8 – “The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.”   What is the purpose of our existence? Some might say, “Well, it’s to be happy, of course.” In fact, even the Declaration of Independence lists […]

Exodus 2 – Is God molding you?

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Scripture & Thought Exodus 2:24-25 “God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.”   Talk about a guy who messed up his life. Moses blew it big time. Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him as an […]

Luke 11 – Daily bread

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Scripture & Thought Luke 11:3 – “Give us day by day our daily bread.”   It seems sort of funny now, but back in the ‘60s the word bread was a term for money. So if someone said, “You got any bread, man?” that’s what they were talking about. Jesus taught us to pray, “Give […]

1 Thessalonians – Never stop praying

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Scripture & Thought 1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Never stop praying.”   Have you ever been in what appeared to be an impossible situation with no way out? Or have you ever thought there was no future for you, and that it was just too late? Maybe you’re facing troubles today you never thought you’d see. […]

1 Corinthians – Be careful not to fall

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Scripture & Thought 1 Corinthians 10:12 – “If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.”   Simon Peter is known for his legendary faux pas. He said things he shouldn’t have said. And he openly denied the Lord not once, not twice, but three times. But Peter took steps that led […]

Romans 13 – Is Jesus our Lord of all

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Scripture & Thought Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”   I have a friend who always looks like he’s wearing an outfit no matter what day of the week it is. For some people, everything is an outfit. Their jeans are […]

Ephesians 5 – Live everyday as if it could be your last

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Scripture & Thought Ephesians 5:15-16  “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Have you ever gotten a phone call in the middle of the night? When the phone rings your heart jumps because no one wants a call at that hour. And […]

Romans 12 – Are you an encourager?

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Scripture & Thought Romans 12:8 (NLT): “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.”   Some people don’t know how to pay compliments to others. They’re always critical, always critiquing this or that. And when they do pay a compliment, it’s more of the backhanded variety. For instance, they’ll say, “Hey! You’re on time!” […]

Esther 4 – You were made for such a time as this

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Scripture & Thought Esther 4:14 – “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”   I made you for such a time as this. When you thought you couldn’t, or even when you wouldn’t, I was there. I was there in every haggard breath, in every […]

Luke 22 – Hope for flawed people

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Scripture & Thought Luke 22:61 “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’” Simon Peter, definitely one of the most colorful individuals in the entire Bible, is perhaps my favorite. It’s […]

Hebrews 12 – God disciplines those He loves

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Scripture & Thought Hebrews 12:6 – “For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives.” Have you ever wondered what the phrase “Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” means? Let’s remember what David said a few verses earlier: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalm 23:1 NKJV). David, a shepherd himself, would […]

Jonah 2 – God answers your prayers

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Scripture & Thought Jonah 2:1 – “Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from inside the fish.” After the crew tossed Jonah overboard in the middle of a storm, God sent a custom-designed watercraft Jonah’s way.  In other words, He brought in a very large fish to swallow the prodigal prophet. Now, did God do […]