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April 7 – Let It Go….Let It Go

1 Samuel 7-9 Luke 9:18-36 “Jesus said to all of them, ‘If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me. Those who … Continue reading

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January 29 – Jesus Speaks on Marriage and Divorce

Exodus 21-22 Matthew 19 “Some Pharisees came to Jesus and tried to trick him. They asked, ‘Is it right for a man to divorce his wife for any reason he chooses?’” (Matthew 19:3) In the latter stages of Jesus’s ministry, … Continue reading

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January 6 – In Defense of Personal Integrity

Genesis 16-17 Matthew 5:27-48 “Say only yes if you mean yes, and no if you mean no. If you say more than yes or no, it is from the Evil One.” (Matthew 5:37 NCV) This next section of the Sermon … Continue reading

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January 1 – Acting On My Beliefs

Note: for a variety of reasons, I am changing the format of my devotionals. If you prefer the old format, see the links at the end. I’ll explain why before the links.  Genesis 4-6 Matthew 2 (New Century Version) “While Joseph thought … Continue reading

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December 10 – Radical Marriages – When Christians Changed the Rules

Ephesians 5:21-33; Ezekiel 16; Isaiah 45 When you study history, the process of marriage was quite complex. Marriages were usually arranged for political purposes. King David had a number of wives, but Solomon had him beat with over 700 wives … Continue reading

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November 20 – Returning Blessings For Evil

1 Peter 3; Jeremiah 35-36; Psalm 136 I saw a quote the other day that made me mad. The message of the quote was that the only people you should try to get even with are the people who’ve done … Continue reading

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November 13 – Do You Really Want All the Joy God Gives?

James 1; Jeremiah 21-22; Psalm 129 One of the fun parts of social media is sharing the joys that friends experience. Recently, one of my friends got married. I shared her joy as she posted about the engagement. Then, they … Continue reading

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October 19 – Making the Dress

Revelation 19; Isaiah 5-6; Psalm 109:20-31 We’ve all heard the stories. There’s something about a wedding that can bring out the worst in people. I’m sure that none of you, nor none of your friends fit the description, but we … Continue reading

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October 2 – First Love

Revelation 2; Nehemiah 3; Psalm 97 When my wife and I first started dating, we were insufferable. People had us pegged to be married within a week. We did a lot of handholding, talking incessantly until late at night, we … Continue reading

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September 29 – Evil: The Impossible Choice

3 John 1; Ezra 7-8; Psalm 94 One of the amazing things about Christianity is that our relationship with God is completely dependent upon Him. We come to that relationship through His grace. We stay in that relationship by His … Continue reading

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