Treasure

What do you treasure above all else?  Before you answer, first consider these questions:

  • What do I daydream about most?
  • What do I spend the most time wishing I was doing?

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Fasting

Fasting may be the most neglected of the spiritual disciplines, but this was not always the case.  Fasting was a big part of the Jewish culture in the time of Jesus and prior to his time.


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Temptation

When we see the word temptation, we typically think in negative terms, but the word we see for temptation in the Bible is peirasmos, and it is neither positive nor negative, but neutral.


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Forgiveness

What does perfect forgiveness look like?  I think that perfect forgiveness is complete restoration of a relationship to the state it was prior to the offense.


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Paradox

In every great Bible teaching lies an irreconcilable paradox.  For instance, if I ask you by what means were you saved you might quote Ephesians 1:4


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Your Kingdom Come

Has the request that Jesus instructed his followers to pray of “Your kingdom come” been forgotten?  In other words, do we pray it but not mean it?  Or not believe that it’s possible in this world where it appears Satan reigns?


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Our Father…

To many, the reality of God as father brings mixed emotions.  Why would that be?  When it comes to earthly fathers, some people have a wonderful father, some have an abusive father, some have lost their father, some have never known their father and some know their father but wish they didn’t.


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Prayer Difficulties

A few short weeks after I became a member of the Lord’s Church, I was asked by a deacon at the church where I worshiped to be a communion server. 


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Revenge

One of my all-time favorite books is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.  If you’ve seen the most recent movie adaptation (2002, Jim Caviezel/Guy Pearce) you missed out on the intention of Dumas.

The book is about revenge and may even be the most powerful revenge story of all time.  It was published in 1844 and is still a big seller.  Why?  People can’t get enough of revenge.


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Divorce Hurts

In 1967 Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe completed a study to determine if there is a connection between personal stress and physical illness. 


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