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Love Punched

Love Punched:    Most mornings, I come downstairs from my office to do a brief devotional with each of my children before they head off toward their busses for school.  Each morning, we open the Bible and the kids read the Scriptures for the day, then I read the devotional while they eat their breakfast. […]

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Secret Church 2015

   When we think of “church” in America, we think of going to meet at a building, singing, praying and hearing a message from a pastor or teacher. But in many places around the world, “church” meets in a home, an apartment, and sometimes even in secret. Many times there are just a few believers […]

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Empty and Full

Empty and Full by Warren Mainard Most people, when they honestly examine their lives, describe a sense of emptiness. Job describes the result of empty pursuits- “Let him not trust in emptiness, deceiving himself, for emptiness will be his payment.” Job 15:31 If you pursue emptiness, trust emptiness, to expect anything other than emptiness is […]

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Jesus and the Easter Bunny

There is a lot of confusion regarding what Easter Sunday is all about. For some, Easter Sunday is about the Easter Bunny, colorfully decorated Easter eggs, and Easter egg hunts. In a 2010 survey, only 40% of Americans associated Easter with the resurrection of Jesus. Those that do are often confused as to how the […]

#RichPeopleProblems

#RichPeopleProblems       Last night I was at a dinner in which I was randomly seated with a group of people I had never met, all of whom distinguished themselves as “living on the lake.”  Once it was established that I was not a part of this club, I found myself sipping water and […]

Why Christians Must Work Hard

Let’s get this out of the way… Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  No amount of “works” will ever be enough to earn our salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9).  The only thing humans have “earned” on their own merit is death (Romans 6:23). So, why must Christians work hard?  Paul makes it […]