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The Beauty of Baptism

The Beauty of Baptism

Baptism is a deeply mysterious and beautiful act in which we step into our future and declare we are identifying with Jesus in His death and resurrection. It’s stepping into what God says is true about us. Jesus’ own baptism invoked deeply held stories of the exodus — the Israelites leaving Egypt, trusting God, and

If he repents, forgive him

Anger: Maintaining Your Passion Without Losing Your Cool

Remember this, my dear brothers! Everyone must be quick to listen, but slow to speak and slow to become angry. Man’s anger does not achieve God’s righteous purpose. — James 1:19 What a profound statement. Man’s anger does not achieve God’s righteous purpose, yet so very often this is exactly our justification for our outrage.

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Hope In Light of the Unexpected

  This life you didn’t necessarily plan for is becoming quite beautiful on you. In the Light of the Unexpected It might be that day of the week, or that particular season, or that darkest hour when you’ve come to the end of your rope; when your dreams seem impossibly far away, when nothing seems

Isaiah 30:18

God Can Get You Out of Your Pit

You can get out. Regardless of whether you were thrown in, you slipped in, or you jumped in, you can get out. And I do mean you. I’m not talking about the person who seems to deal with her pit better than you do. We don’t need to deal with our pits. We need to

Colossians 1:15 (Phillips)

Blessing Your Grandkids

Before we launch into some creative and meaningful ideas for grandparents, let me (John) share with you something I remember vividly about my grandfather. We called it the Great Parakeet Fiasco, and it became a legend in our home. I was in second grade. Our parakeet had escaped from its cage while we were at

What to Do When You Still Haven’t Found What You’re Looking For

A Long Night of Nothing The last chapter of John opens on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The disciples were all in a boat, and Jesus was on the beach, watching them fish. They weren’t in Jerusalem anymore. They were maybe seventy miles away. What’s significant about the location is that this was

John 14:6

When We Can’t Walk Away

When we can walk away from toxic people, we probably and usually should. But when financial necessity, work obligations, family relationships, or even the accomplishment of our God-given mission necessitates that we find a way to live or work with a toxic person, we can learn much by following Jesus’ example with Judas.  JESUS AND

Sometimes our prayers can seem to hit the ceiling and fall back to the floor. But, Jesus Himself told us to keep praying. Don’t give up! God is listening! He cares and He acts on our behalf.

To God’s Ear

  How many times have we stood by the water’s edge and simply tossed pebbles into the water? Pebble after pebble after pebble we toss them in as far as our arm’s length and strength will allow. Once the pebbles hit the water’s surface they sink beyond our physical sight, but we know without a

"Love one another as I have loved you" - John 13:34

The New Commandment

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. — John 13:34 My high school chemistry teacher used to always talk about the “acid test.” The acid test is a sure-fire way to identify a substance. The Bible reveals that the

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