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Beyond Religion

  “And this is eternal life: that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent”.  John 17:3 What does it mean to be Christian? That was essentially the question being asked of me by my doctor during my routine checkup recently.  This individual seemed genuinely curious, yet frustrated by his…

DON’T GIVE UP ON UNITY

   ” Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  one God and Father of all, who is over all…

FREEDOM

” But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.”  Philippians 3:7-8 (NIV) I had a humorous and  rather humiliating moment of clarity about…

Treading on High Places

______  LEAH LOCKETT “This can’t be happening”! I still remember that thought racing through my mind, that feeling of helplessness and shock. The doctor had left the room to give us a minute.  I looked frantically at Mark.  I knew it was not good.  The doctor came back in and explained that I had a…

THE REPROACH OF EGYPT

Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you”.  Joshua 5:9 We sunk down into our chairs feeling a mixture of embarrassment and shame. Holidays in which the entire extended family would come together were some of the most joyful times of my childhood.  I rarely spent…

THE GIFT OF CONTENTMENT

Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”)  When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is…

Do You Have An Identity Crisis?

Every believer has a unique testimony.  My life pre-conversion was characterized by unbridled arrogance  and self-idolatry.  I am appalled to recall my behavior during that time and the very callous and selfish mentality that drove my choices.  God used a number of gracious, orchestrated events to stop my fast and furious plunge into the depths…

American Gospel

“but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.”  Galatians 1:8 The effort by the enemy to distort and twist the truth…

God is at Work

The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to…

God-Centered Worship?

Cold weather  and I do not get along.  Perhaps you can relate. I find that I have a healthy tolerance for many discomforts.  The discomfort of my body feeling cold however is one I’d do everything in my power to avoid.  I avoid exposure to cold temperatures like Jack Bauer avoids accountability (shout out to…