Gospel Weed Killer for Your Garden

Those dedicated to lawns and gardens invest a great deal of energy working that the grass is green, lush, weed less, and cut. Those interested in flowers plan their beds. They contemplate and then decide which flowers to plant so that they have a nice mixture of flowers all summer long. They weed their flower […]

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Be As Shrewd as a Snake

Matthew records a unique exhortation that Jesus gave his disciples as they were being sent out to share the good news. Jesus warns them, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves (Matthew 10:16). As kind as Jesus was, too many of the […]

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Two Shrouds of Satan

On three separate occasions Jesus told his disciples about his time of suffering, death, and resurrection (see Mark 8:31; 9:31 and 10:34). They did not grasp the promise and the truth of what Jesus said. Only after his resurrection did they grasp the truth (see Luke 24:45,46, on the road to Emmaus). Satan used two […]

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Pages from the Diary of Judas, Known as the Betrayer

Why wouldn’t Jesus just take his rightful position as Savior of Judea. If he had, I would never have tried to force his decision, but someone had to make Jesus realize the high goal for which he was born and blessed by the LORD. You know me as Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon the […]

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The Judas Dynamic

Judas was not 1) an innocent bystander to the betrayal of Jesus, 2) a manipulated puppet whom God needed to demonize for all time, or 3) elected or damned by God from eternity to be the meat that betrayed the Son of God. The dynamic which moved Judas to come to Jesus, study with him, […]

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Spice Up Your Life

Various events, people, tasks, or hobbies spice up our lives, motivates our lives, fill our lives with zest, passion, and with zing? Just as adding spices to cooking can make a dish magnificent, the spices in our lives will add zip, zing, and passion to our lives. Some of the spices in our personal spice […]

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Ice or Fire? Frost or Heat?

Christmas is not to be discarded along with the wrapping paper and bows.  Christmas is not to be taken down like a dried up tree, nor packed away like lights and ornaments that have fulfilled their purposes for a few weeks.  Certainly, the importance of Christmas is not like New Year’s resolutions – soon broken […]

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Innocence and Courage

Two images of the Christmas Jesus may stir your spirit. The Common View The traditional image presents Jesus the new born lying in the manger in Bethlehem.  In that baby we see innocence, peace, and love.  The LORD has sent his one and only Son to be part of our too often troubled world.  In […]

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10 “Skiing Techniques” to Stay Above the Avalanche

These following points are not rules, but tools for you to consider.  After examining this list, if you perceive ideas that will help you “ski above the avalanche” of Christmas clutter and franticness, good!  The main point is to celebrate Christmas and keep our Christ centered focus. Also notice that cutting back is not one […]

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Ski Above the Avalanche

We have come again to the beginning of a very spiritual season, the Christmas season.  Advent and Christmas should move our heart to regroup and refocus on what the LORD knows truly matters.   Step Back from Daily Survival and Ski Although past, and to be complete, keep in mind the spiritual emphases that Thanksgiving […]

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