We Will Obey (Haggai 1:12-15), Part 2 of Haggai series

 

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Haggai 1:12-15

In a culture that prides itself on individuality, self-expression, and self-license, the word “obey” seems out of place. According to a search of Google’s database of literature, the verb “obey” and its related noun “obedience” have been used at less than one third the rate over the last couple decades, as it had two-hundred years ago. We live in a “have it your way” society. Rather than obey anyone or anything, we are told, as one advert slogans, “obey your thirst.” Continue reading

Infinity and Beyond (2 Corinthians 12:9)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Somedays I have a problem with my finitude. Well let’s be real here, every day I have a problem with my finitude. Continue reading

How to Align Priorities with Purpose (Haggai 1:1-11), Part 1 of Haggai Series

 

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Haggai 1:1-11

Take a piece of paper and write down three big picture priorities you have for your life. Continue reading

Whose Am I? (John 16:12-15)

 

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John 16:12-15

“Discover your passions and desires and then pursue them despite any opposition,” is a common message in our current culture. Christianity does indeed validate the importance of our desires – a cursory read of the lamentation psalms makes that clear. However, Christianity is not as interested in answering the question, “Who am I?” as it is in answering the question, “Whose am I?” Continue reading

Mocking the Holy (Psalm 22:7-18)

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Psalm 22:7-18

Stripped naked, robed with scarlet, crowned with thorns, mocked, spat on, hit, clothes divided; Jesus fulfills in fullness the mockery of Psalm 22: Continue reading

The Holy Spirit Convicts the World (John 16:1-11, part 2 of 2)

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John 16:1-11

We have an incredible ability to rationalize our behavior. Even though we do things that others might know are clearly wrong, we come up with many reasons for why what we did is right. Continue reading

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