The Enemy is After Our Children

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Some years ago, I found myself subbing for a rambunctious group of second graders. Each of the students entered the room that morning with their own little personalities, and made their way around the room to complete their morning assignments. However, there was one student in the bunch whose behavior differed from the others. Although he sat amongst a table of smiling peers, he was crying his eyeballs out… and I couldn’t understand why; after all, school had barely begun. Continue reading

Lead Them to God Instead

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In the past weeks, I’ve been told, and read of via online news portals, about passing after passing, or, death after death. And these deaths, as some may imagine, haven’t been of the elderly, those whom have lived a number of years and matured gracefully. No. These deaths have been of the young, those barely wet behind the ears, and haven’t seen one strand of gray hair. Continue reading

Is Fornication Justified for Millennials?

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A short time ago, I found myself engaged in conversation with someone I’ve known since my childhood years (he’s a little younger). The conversation began lightly, remembering things from the past, but quickly shifted when I asked, “So when are you and your girlfriend getting married?” Continue reading

Shortchanging God

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As of late within the church, there are some things that have been grabbing my attention, which I will speak on here today. Before I get into those things, however, I want to start by expounding on a passage, with similarity to today’s topic, in Malachi chapter 1. (Note: reading verses 6-14 before beginning may be helpful.) There, God brings correction to Israel about their polluted offerings.  Continue reading

What Goes In Will Come Up

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On last Sunday, a day before my surgery on Monday, June 18th, I found myself studying the words of Psalm 91 (a favorite of mine). During that study time, the words of verses 14-16 jumped out at me (I’ve always loved them), and I stayed there. The next morning, before heading out for the surgery, I set my sights there again, as I readied myself for the road ahead of me.  Continue reading

The Hard Truth

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As I sat on my bed one day, a couple of weeks ago, pondering some things, a passage of Scripture—that blew my mind upon my initial reading of it some years ago—came to mind (as it does sometimes). In that passage, a man of God’s longing for something outside of the will of God for his life is revealed, and we also find God’s response to it there. Who is the man in question? His name is Baruch (buh-rook), and he’s a scribe to Jeremiah, the prophet. Follow me to Jeremiah chapter 45, to hear Baruch’s complaint and God’s response.  Continue reading

Raised in the Church vs. Being of the Church

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For many who identify with Christianity, or as Christian, the thought that being raised in the church is enough is their basis for doing so. To them, that is all it takes to be declared heaven bound, a child of God, and safe from the wrath of God. But, is that so? 

I, once (naively) of the “Christians” who shared this belief, would come to learn that the answer to that question is a resounding, No. And today, we’ll talk about why.  Continue reading