How to Stand Up to Persecution (John 16:1-11, part 1 of 2)

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John 16:1-11

“They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering service to God (John 16:2).” These were the words of Jesus to his disciples before his departure. They were not the words his followers wanted to hear, but Jesus’ forewarning came true. Continue reading

Finding God (Philippians 3:14)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Philippians 3:14

I am always looking for God. I get up every morning looking for him. If I ignore him, then inevitably I try to find him through something worldly or destructive. Continue reading

Honoring Our Wives and Mothers (1 Peter 3:7)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

1 Peter 3:7

Speaking to the National Congress of Mothers in 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt said: “No piled-up wealth, no splendor of material growth, no brilliance of artistic development, will permanently avail any people unless its home life is healthy … No ordinary work done by a man is either as hard or as responsible as the work of a woman who is bringing up a family of small children; for upon her time and strength demands are made not only every hour of the day but often every hour of the night … The woman who is a good wife, a good mother, is entitled to our respect as is no one else …” Continue reading

Are You Looking for Answers? (John 15:26-27)

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John 15:26-27

The Holy Spirit is given many titles by Jesus in his farewell discourse (John 13:31-17:26). One of those titles is “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13).

Many of us long for truth but are increasingly confounded by our search for it. We hit the internet, TED talks, podcasts, and maybe even – dare I say – Facebook, to find something we can hang our hat on and know it will hold. Continue reading

Divine Abandonment (Psalm 22)

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Psalm 22

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” were some of the words Jesus cried from the cross (Matthew 27:46).

It is easy to look up to God, when our lives are filled with gladness. But, what about those times when we are at the absolute end of our robe, like life is ebbing away (cp. Job 30:16)? When prayers seem to go unanswered (cp. Job 30:20)? When we seem to suffer at no fault of our own (cp. Job 29:11-17; 30:1)? Continue reading

Unseen and Unsung (1 Peter 1:8-9)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

1 Peter 1:8-9

We live in a MeWorld. We are only one click away from “my documents,” “my calendar,” “my favorites,” “my music,” “my pictures,” and “my shopping cart.” Continue reading

The Foolishness of God (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)

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1 Corinthians 1:18-25

A traveler arrives at the foot of a high mountain that he must get to the other side of. He looks one way and sees a path that appears well-worn, free of thicket, and wide. He looks the other way and sees a path that is narrow, full of thicket, and less worn. He knows he must choose wisely, or he may not make it to the other side. Continue reading

The “AWESOME” Stool! (Job 38)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Job 38

My grandson Damon is 6 years old. Like most children his age, he is exuberant about life. He gets excited, I mean really excited about what interests him or what is new and different. For Damon there are degrees of excitement. He uses different words, like “Wow” or “Easy Peasy” to mark the degrees. However, the Damon seal of approval is Continue reading

Let Justice Roll Like a River (Amos 5:21-27)

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Amos 5:21-27

“I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the sound of your song! I will not listen to the music of your harps.” (Amos 5:21-23) These are odd words to have come from the Lord Almighty! Are not these the very things he commanded? Continue reading

Tethered to God (Romans 8:28)

 

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Romans 8:28

One my previous occupations was managing an animal shelter. I was also an Animal Cop. One time I went to a home, I was amused by what I saw. There was no violation of the law. The cats, each weighing twelve to fifteen pounds, were tethered to the front porch by long strings of yarn. Continue reading