Wisdom for Life

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What does it mean to watch and pray?

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At the end of the Olivet prophecy, Jesus says: “Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is” (Mark 13:33 KJV). Jesus had just been describing to them the events that would shortly happen when the great buildings they had been admiring would be thrown down leaving not even one […]

Have salt in yourselves

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Three times in his teaching Jesus refers to salt, and always in a figurative sense. The first is in the Sermon on the Mount, and follows immediately after the Beatitudes. Jesus had declared who are “blessed”; and all the Beatitudes until the last one were expressed objectively: “Blessed are the poor”; but in the last, […]

Are you afraid?

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What are you afraid of? A survey completed in 2018 found that at least in the United States, fear is on the rise. The top fear was of corrupt government officials, and other fears were the environment, not having enough money in the future, and those we love becoming ill or dying. It is understandable […]

Keeping the Sabbath Today

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The Sabbath in the Life of the Lord Jesus Christ Strange things about this day begin to emerge in the Gospels. Jesus taught in the synagogues on the sabbath, of course (Mark 1:21; Luke 4:16,31), as did the apostles later (Acts 13:14,42,44; 16:13; 17:2; 18:4), but this proves nothing in the case, save that the […]

What does it mean to follow Jesus?

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And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mark 1:17-18 ESV) When Simon and Andrew heard those words “Follow me” and immediately left their nets, do you think they knew what it would mean to follow the Christ? […]

Thanking God

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Being thankful is an action and an attitude and it pleases God. In the Bible, we read a great deal about “thanksgiving”, “being thankful”, and “giving thanks”. In the Old Testament, we learn that “thanksgiving” was a “sacrifice” that could be made, as it was part of the peace offering (Leviticus 7:11-18). We may not […]

What does God want us to do?

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Is God all about following rules, doing this and not doing that, restrictions and traditions? No. It is actually about developing a beautiful character just like His. Choosing His ways not only pleases Him, but it makes people happier as well. Love Him with all our heart, soul and might. (Deuteronomy 6:5) Obey His voice […]

Nearly Swamped

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Jesus decided to cross the lake in the boat in the evening after a hard day’s work. So “that day when evening came” they left as darkness was falling. (Mark 4:35). This was to be a test of faith for his disciples, teaching them to walk by faith, not by sight. “A furious squall came […]

Do you ever get side tracked?

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The twelve Apostles were those who had been specifically commissioned by Jesus to spread the word to all the people. But as the numbers of disciples grew, so did the administration duties of the apostles. It seems the time had come when administration had taken over the work they had been set to do. This […]

Forgivable

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Have you ever thought that you might be unforgivable? Have you ever felt like your sins are too big, too often, or too horrible to be overlooked or healed? Luke tells two stories about Jesus that really touched me. The first was about a man with leprosy, a terrible skin disease that often represents sin […]