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July 13 – Totally Ridiculous!

1 Corinthians 1:18-31; 1 Kings 14; Joel 2:1-11 “For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, … Continue reading

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November 15 – Faith, Hope, Confidence, and Assurance

Ezekiel 1-2 Hebrews 11:1-19 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NCV) Thus begins perhaps the most well-known chapter in the book of Hebrews, the Faith Chapter. This … Continue reading

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September 4 – Counting the Cost

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 1; Philemon 1-21; Luke 14:25-33 If you want to get out a loan to start a new business you will most likely have to create a business plan. This plan should explain what you are going to … Continue reading

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September 29 – Seeking True Prosperity

3 John 1; Ezra 7-8; Psalm 94 Prosperity is a goal that many strive for. It is a theme of religious preachers and of secular politicians. It is, in fact, a worthy goal. It is not only a goal for … Continue reading

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August 15 – First Things First

John 1:35-51; 1 Chronicles 9; Haggai 1:1-2:23 You probably hear people complain about this often. “I can’t seem to save any money. Everything I make seems to disappear.” At times, there seems to be a futility in life that we … Continue reading

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June 18 – Will People Never Learn

Mark 4:1-20; 2 Samuel 9-10; Daniel 5 It was a glorious party that any Hollywood celeb or politician today would have reveled in. Belshazzar had 1000 people in attendance and he thought it was time to bring out the good … Continue reading

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March 15 – How to Live a Meaningless Life

Matthew 15:21-39; Leviticus 26-27; Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26 Solomon had it all. People came from all over to bring him gifts and listen to his wisdom. Yet when he described what it was like to have it all, he sounds very depressed. … Continue reading

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January 21 – About Stuff and People

Luke 16; Genesis 27:46-28:22; Psalm 21 Our relationship with God should affect all our other relationships. As the Pharisees relationship with God degraded into a system of laws, they forgot how to treat others. Jesus illustrated that with the story … Continue reading

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September 3 – Strength

John 10:1-21; 2 Chronicles 8; Psalm 73 We all have things that we secretly want. Our priorities are laid bare by challenges like, “If you had a million dollars, what would you do with it?” We make our lists and … Continue reading

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July 4 – Dealing With Stuff

Mark 12:28-44; 1 Kings 4-5; Hosea 7:3-16 If you have ever been involved in a building campaign at church you probably heard the person in charge of fundraising use a phrase like “Not Equal Gift – Equal Sacrifice.” The purpose … Continue reading

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