The Hundred Ten Percent

Ten Healed of Leprosy (Luke 17:11-19) Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he […]

Then they will know that I am the LORD

“Then they will know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 29:21). Prophecies of destruction often have that last little phrase at the end. It makes me wonder: “Why can’t people know that God is the LORD when He does good things?” I guess it is said to those people that are wicked and stubborn. If […]

Purifying Praise

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation (Philippians 2:14-15). I like Philippians. It’s such a happy and uplifting book. Even though Paul was in prison while he wrote it, he was full of faith. The Philippians had […]

Vision Running to High Places

And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. Behold, his soul is […]

Realism of the Renewed

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind … Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment (Romans 12:2,3). Paul admonishes believers to regard themselves with sober judgment according to the measure of […]

Joyful, Patient, Faithful

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12). If you have what you hope for, then you no longer hope for it because you have it. You can only hope for what you do not yet have. Romans 12 teaches that we should be joyful in the time of hoping and […]

I am a Living Stone

I declare to you that the LORD will build a house for you … I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be […]

Sacrifice for the Trusted

“The greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends” (John 15:14). The greatest love is to die for your friend. To die for someone is to give up everything you have for them. All future comforts, business successes, children (and future generations), all beloved relationships and of course life. It’s […]

He Still Is the God of Creation

 Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. […]

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