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September 21 – When Courage Comes

John 20:19-31; 2 Chronicles 32; Psalm 88 Don’t you hate it when the best stories are apocryphal? We love the stories. We repeat them as great examples, only to find out that they may not be true. For example, according … Continue reading

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September 18 – Unwinnable Arguments

John 18:38-19:16; 2 Chronicles 29; Psalm 85 You’ve probably heard the story of the guy who saw someone hitting their head against a brick wall and ran over to stop him from doing that. After he stopped the guy, he … Continue reading

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September 17 – Truth

John 18:19-38; 2 Chronicles 27-28; Psalm 84 There is an old saying that if a society values philosophers because philosophy is an exalted profession, and looks down on plumbers because plumbing is a plebian profession, the society will soon go … Continue reading

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July 10 – Taunting Jesus

Mark 15:21-47; 1 Kings 11; Hosea 13 Trash talking is apparently an art. Google it and you will find lists of the best trash talk lines of all time. It’s the pre-game/fight warmup designed to get an edge on your … Continue reading

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May 1 – Growth of the Church

Acts 14; Joshua 22; Job 31 When I was younger, traveling with my parents, around meal times my dad would start scanning for places to eat. He’d look for billboards advertising local restaurants. When he had found a possible place … Continue reading

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April 23 – The Key to Growth

Acts 9:26-43; Joshua 5:2-6:27; Job 23 In the early 1930’s Japan’s civilian government gave way to a militaristic one. The military government furthered Japan’s ambition to be the major economic power in the Asian Pacific region. In the process, years … Continue reading

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April 19 – Forgiveness

Acts 7:23-8:1a; Deuteronomy 31-32; Job 19 Charles Roberts was an angry person. For nine years that anger had festered as he blamed God, and himself, for his newborn daughter’s death. On October 2, 2006, he snapped. He entered an Amish … Continue reading

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April 15 – Integrity in Persecution

Acts 5:1-16; Deuteronomy 23-24; Job 15 Throughout history, the church has dealt with persecution. It’s interesting that the persecution, meant to intimidate followers of Christ, often leads to more followers of Christ and church growth. When the Cultural Revolution began … Continue reading

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April 8 – Changing the World

Matthew 28; Deuteronomy 9-10; Job 8 Earlier this week, Americans observed the 100th anniversary of the beginning of our involvement in World War I. The war began when the Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914, setting off a chain of … Continue reading

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December 5 – Christians Die Well

Luke 1:68-79; Malachi 3:13-18; Philippians 1:18b-26 The pictures were horrific. Members of ISIS marched a number of Christians out to their execution ground. One by one they were killed. As they were killed, many of them proclaimed their love for … Continue reading

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