Romans

Dealing with anger towards God

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. –Romans 8:28 I vividly remember when my father was murdered back in 1970. It’s almost like it was yesterday. And one thing I remember as well was when a few people came […]

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Can you really only preach with your actions?

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? –Romans 10:14 There’s a quote that’s often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi that says, “Preach the gospel at […]

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How to keep hard times from getting you down

If God is for us, who can be against us? –Romans 8:31 No one escapes trials in life. When pursuing your God-given dreams, you are on a collision course with challenges and disappointments. But these don’t have to derail your destiny!  Here are a few things you and I need to remember when going through […]

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Your Mind Matters

The price of God’s grace for you

Suppose you go over to a friend or loved one’s home and have a nice meal. It’s a great time. You have some good conversation and really enjoy each other’s company. Then when you get up to leave, you reach in your pocket and say, “Okay, how much do I owe you?”

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How you can be both strong and compassionate

In the early 90s when the Gulf War had just ended, I heard George H. W. Bush give a speech about the decision to go to war with Iraq. He talked about the night before he gave the “go” signal, and that he spent significant time in prayer, weeping for the lives he knew would be lost on both sides.

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The power of having and being a faithful friend

There was a little girl who was afraid in her bedroom one night because it was so dark. So her daddy went in and said, “Honey, why are you crying?” “Because I’m so alone,” she said. So he told her, “Well, you’ve got your teddy bear. Hug your teddy bear.”

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Choosing to be Fearless: Day 5, Persevering

I have lost track as to what day of the week it is. My sleep is totally messed up, and it’s hard to concentrate. It’s a struggle to stay positive and feel any sense of accomplishment. Constantly I remind myself of my blessings and that God has all of this. The news is filled with suffering and death. It’s hard to rationalize suffering. Suffering has always been with us, and the Christian is not exempt. But one of Satan’s greatest lies is that "God doesn’t love us, or why would He hurt innocent people?" This is where perseverance comes into play. We see only a speck of the eternal picture. As hurtful as this moment may be, we are blessed. Pain, fear and darkness will not disappear, but God’s light will be a beacon to those who believe. Keeping the faith, sharing the truth of God’s plan for our lives, and persevering to finish well is our mandate.

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Is anyone really ‘okay’?

Perhaps you’ve seen or heard the illustration of people trying to get to heaven as trying to leap over an ocean. The illustration goes that some may jump further than others, but the point is clear that no one can jump across the ocean. And in the same way, while some may live better lives than others, the point is that no one can live a life holy enough to get to heaven.

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Seeing God’s work in your life

When I consider the work that God does, I like to think about it in terms of Him being in the construction business. That’s because from the beginning of the Bible to the very end, God is always at work building something.  

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