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Refugees: The ISIS Crisis

“You have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead. Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before my God.” – Revelation 3:1-2 (HCSB) Like ancient Sardis, many churches today have a reputation for being spirit-filled, but their core is “full of dead men’s bones”…

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Satan: The Blame Game

“The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” – Genesis 3:13[1] The devil[2] – also called Lucifer[3] or Satan[4] – is a liar and deceiver (John 8:44, Revelation 20:3, 8). This fallen angel[5] opposes all those who claim the name of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 5:8). Satan roams the earth “like a roaring lion, seeking whom…

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Message in a Bottle

“You number my wanderings. Put my tears into your bottle. Are they not in your book?” – Psalm 56:8[1] Christians often share this verse with grievers. They tell them their tears are so precious to God that he treasures them in a bottle. The image evoked is saccharine sweet, making us think God is sentimental. Although…

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Monday Morning Quarterbacks

“The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Matthew 26:41[1] The Bible is filled with people of great faith who sometimes failed or disobeyed God. First we applaud their successes. Then we ridicule their failures. “How could Moses strike the rock? How could David commit adultery with Bathsheba? How could Elijah run…

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Saved Through Faith

“By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8[1] Do we have real faith in Jesus Christ, or have we embraced a clever counterfeit? Is what we believe about God true, or are we living a Disney fantasy? How do we know that…

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Refusing Eternal Life

“How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wing, but you were not willing!” – Matthew 23:37[1] Yesterday morning, I saw a tattered man standing in the commons at a large, middle-class, Southern Baptist church. Surrounded by affluence but dressed in a dirty t-shirt and shorts,…

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Abortion: The Firebrand

“The Lord rebuke you, Satan! … Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?” – Zechariah 3:2[1] Thirty-five hundred years ago, Egypt’s Pharaoh decreed the deaths of all newborn Hebrew boys (Exodus 1:15-22). But God plucked his servant Moses from the fire (2:1-10). Fifteen hundred years later, King Herod of Judea decreed the deaths…