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January 30, 2015

Whose side are we on?

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God doesn't like indecisiveness. We see that in His reaction to the church at Laodicea, which considered itself to be spiritually advanced, but in God's eyes was neither warm nor cold – i. e., undecided. Read more…»»

January 23, 2015

Are we good listeners?

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As one of eight children I sometimes had difficulty making myself heard. My brothers (six of them) and my sister wanted to say something, too. So my mom would say: "You have twice as many ears as mouths, maybe you should listen more." Read more…»»

January 16, 2015

Spiritual Inventory

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At the end or beginning of the year many retail companies take inventory of their stock: What is the value of the goods on hand? How often do we as Christians take our "spiritual inventory" to determine our condition? Read more…»»

January 9, 2015

What's the difference?

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How does God describe those who are called today? In the apostle Peter's first letter we find an answer to this question: Read more…»»

January 2, 2015

Spiritual Body Builders

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Most of us are not body builders in the physical sense of the word. Others are. They spend a lot of time with their weights or at special conditioning machines, developing certain muscles or muscle groups. Read more…»»

December 26, 2014

When things don't go as planned

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A new year is about to begin, according to human time reckoning. Some look forward to the new year by making plans and resolutions. New year's resolutions, we call them. In order words, we have a wish: to purchase something, to change jobs or to improve ourselves. Read more…»»

December 19, 2014

God's guiding hand

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The Germans have a proverb: "Der Mensch denkt und Gott lenkt", meaning "We think and God guides". Read more…»»

December 12, 2014

A practical application of forgiveness

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We all are familiar with Jesus' admonition concerning the willingness to forgive, which we find at the end of the "Lord's prayer": "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:14-15). Read more…»»

December 5, 2014

He who comes to God

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A song often song in some protestant churches says "Just as I am". Some interpret the refrain "Just as I am" to mean that God accepts us without any preconditions or without us having to meet certain requirements for a relationship with Him. The Bible contradicts this notion. Read more…»»

November 28, 2014

Modern Israelites?

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"And the people complained against Moses": This was not a one-time occurrence in the history of the Israelites in the wilderness after the exodus. In reality, though, the people were not complaining against Moses, but against God. Read more…»»

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