The Anatomy of a Believer
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The Anatomy of a Believer

A few years ago I was deer hunting with a heart surgeon who harvested a nice buck. I received quite a bit more than I expected when we began to field dress the deer and got to its heart for my surgeon friend eagerly and with obvious expertise shared an anatomy lesson on the structure...

Contagious Praise
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Contagious Praise

Most of us want to stay away from infection, and as a result generally practice great care in washing our hands, avoiding people who are sneezing and coughing, and keeping a safe distance from folks who are contagious with the flu or some other bug. While these practices are great for medical concerns, we learn...

Do Not Fear–God Has a Plan
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Do Not Fear–God Has a Plan

Amidst this time of graduation celebrations, we are reminded of all the planning and decisions that have transpired—what to serve, who to invite, where to host, but even more so, do I continue my education, where do I do so, what will I do after further training, or even where will I work or train...

Why the Church? – Part 2
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Why the Church? – Part 2

Generally, all of us act, speak, and think in a particular way due to reasons. I mow my yard for the reason that my grass is long; I do the dishes for the reason that my wife cooked the meal; I pay the water and sewer bill for the reason that I value a shower...

Praying for Enough
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Praying for Enough

I suspect we are all guilty to some extent of permitting small things to overwhelm us and detract us from greater things. To my shame I have often allowed some petty or small concern grow until it is nearly out of control and becomes something that consumes me. It might be something someone has said...

Be Wise: Back From the Future
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Be Wise: Back From the Future

You have likely heard the statement, often offered as a subtle critique, of someone being “so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good.” After spending an entire chapter on the glory of the resurrection and the sure hope of our own glorious resurrection, Paul takes opportunity in closing out his letter to the...

Be Wise: Where is Death’s Sting?
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Be Wise: Where is Death’s Sting?

I recall the “olden” days of classrooms with chalkboards and the task generally assigned to a student every couple of days to take the erasers outside and ‘bang them’ together in order to clean them. Of course, with the advent of computers and the recognition that chalk dust isn’t healthy for students or computers, we...

Be Wise: Building Up the Body
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Be Wise: Building Up the Body

I am reminded of some years back hearing from my doctor that the 5 pounds I was gaining a year would end up really being a problem health wise. Through the course of a long season of time I endeavored to watch what I ate (no more Twinkies or Chinese buffets twice a week), and...

Be Wise: Spiritual Gifts
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Be Wise: Spiritual Gifts

I liken Paul’s discussion of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 to that of “opinions”—everybody has one! Seriously though, Paul sets forth for us this week an extended discourse on spiritual gifts, which like all good things, if used improperly, will bring harm and not benefit. Our focus will be upon how we are to...