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We Know in Part

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully… 1 Corinthians 13:12 (NIV) Joseph was the favorite son.  His jealous brothers were going to kill him but decided to sell him instead.  Over the years, he…

For Your Sake

But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to…

Already, Not Yet

…”Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8 (NIV) The Israelites lived with the promise of a Savior.  God already knew how things would work out even though the Israelites did not.  They lived in the tension of already, not yet.  We also live in…

Free to Choose

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. Romans 5:12 (NLT) Adam was placed in the Garden of Eden with one rule.  Do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17).  Adam had a choice – listen to…

Rest in the Shadow

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.  Psalm 91:1-2 (NLT) Do you remember building a play fort as a child? …

I Believe, Now What?

Every person who has accepted Jesus into their life should be baptized. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 (NLT) Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all. Acts 2:41 (NLT) “For…

Raised into New Life

For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Romans 6:4 (NLT) When we come up out of the water during baptism, we are raised to new life.  Just as Jesus…

Baptism and Christ’s Death

Through Christ’s death, Christians die to their old life, past, and sin. Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. Romans 6:3 (NLT) When we are submerged under water during baptism, it’s symbolic…

Publicly Standing with Christ

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on the character of Christ, like putting on new clothes. Galatians 3:26-27 (NLT) When a person is baptized they are making a public stand with Christ.  Baptism is symbolic of the…

Make Disciples of All Nations

…go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19 (NLT) These are some of the very last words of Jesus to His followers – you can imagine how important these words are!  Jesus commanded believers to invite others into…

How do I live Obedient to God?

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (NIV) God wants us…

What About the Sins in My Own Life?

“If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:8-9 (NLT) Sin in our lives can be intimidating. How…

How Do We Become Entangled in Sin?

“Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” James 1:13-14 (NKJV) Temptation is when we are lured away from God and…

What is Sin?

“For everyone has sinned, we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23 (NLT) When people begin to ask questions about Christianity, one of the topics that often comes up is sin. What is it? Why are we told not to do it? What counts as a sin? Are some sins worse than others?…

Bringing Change to the World

“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?” 1 John 3:17 (NLT) What can we do to bring about change when it is needed? What can we, as Christians, do to leverage our might to see…