Revenge!

"Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing." -1 Peter 3:9 Revenge! Shakespeare once said “If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not...

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What Did I Do?

"If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them." -James 4:17 When God gave the Israelites the 10 Commandments, there were a lot of "Do not"s.  Do not murder.  Do not steal.  Do not lie.  However, sin isn't just about doing things that are wrong.  We also sin when we...

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The Lord is My Shepherd

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” -Psalm 23: 1-2 I have asked the question, what is the most widely known and memorized passage of scripture? Many people will usually say the 23rd Psalm. In truth it is...

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Blasphemy!!

“And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.” -Matthew 12:31 Hey, wait a minute, pastor. If Jesus died for all sins, why is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit not forgiven? (more…)

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Suffering In This Life

"Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life." -Revelation 2:10 If you just have enough faith, you will get the house...car...blessings you've...

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As a Dog Returns to His…

“As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. -Proverbs 26: 11 Some Proverbs hit you right between the eyes, this is one of those. I have to confess that I am a dog lover. Our dog Buddy I have to think is the most popular member of the family at all times. Still I have...

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Taste and See

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” -Psalm 34:8 In this world, we rely heavily on our senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Through these, we perceive and experience the world around us. How rich are the ways in which God reaches out and blesses us through our...

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He Will Stand With Us

"The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels." -Revelation 3:5 Do you remember when you first heard the Gospel?  Or, if you grew up in the faith, do you remember when it...

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What's the Plan?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and to not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11 This verse is a great passage when thinking about the blessings of God. It speaks of the future and what God has planned for us. What about our plans?...

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Sticks and Stones…

“Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.” -James 3:10 Ever heard of the expression “to talk out of both sides of your mouth”? It means to say one thing to one person and another thing to another person about the same subject. So, for example, you might say “I love...

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To Smart for Our Own Good?

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. -Proverbs 3:7-8 We often face situations in life where we must choose between our way or God's way.  I remember when I was in college, I accidentally scraped someone's car as I was...

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Hidden Secrets

“The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.” -Proverbs 10:9 Have you ever had a secret that you did not want made public? All of us have. Sometimes these things are for something we have done or said and other times it is just because something has happened that we do not...

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God Doesn't Do Things Half Way

 “Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” -Psalm 103:2-5 God can be difficult to comprehend. When...

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I'd Never Do THAT!!

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? -Matthew 7:3 There are some really rotten people in the world aren't there?   Like those people who use foul language.  I'd never to that!  Or those people who have driven after drinking too much.  I'd...

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Like A Stream That Never Dries

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."...

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The Wage or the Gift?

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Wages are something that you earn. Gifts are something that you are given without earning. The book of Genesis in the Bible says that a long time ago everything was very good. That was right after God...

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God Will Judge Us All!!

"Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing." -2 Timothy 4:8 God will judge us all!! How do you hear that?  Most often when I hear people talk about God...

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Is the Grass Really Greener Over There?

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor." -Exodus 20:17 Of all of the commandments the one people think is the least important one is this commandment speaking of coveting. There...

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Training Hard or Hardly Training?

"Blessed is the one who remains steadfast (or perseveres) under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him." -James 1:12 The 2016 Summer Olympics are just a few months away. Athletes from hundreds of countries are busy preparing for their opportunity to compete in...

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Lies, Rumors, and Deceit

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." -Exodus 20:16 As Martin Luther would say, "What does this mean?" "We should fear and love God that we may not deceitfully belie, betray, slander, or defame our neighbor, but defend him, [think and] speak well of him, and put the best construction on everything." -Lutheran Small Catechism So, you want...

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Peace Beyond Our Understanding

“And the Peace of God, which transcends all human understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) What is your definition of peace? Peace is more than quiet. The peace of God is bigger than we can understand. Why is this? Because God is bigger and wiser than we can understand. The peace of God...

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You Shall Not Steal

“You shall not steal.” -Exodus 20:15 You can steal someone’s thunder or their heart. You can steal a base in baseball or even steal away with the one you love. Of course, these are not the types of stealing meant in Exodus 20:15. Back when the Ten Commandments were written, “You shall not steal” meant to take the material possessions...

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Free To Do Good

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. -2 Corinthians 9:8 How many times have you had a list of things you really wanted to, but you just had too many things that HAD to be taken care of...

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I _____ Take You, ______ To Be My Wedded…

“You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14) One of the special events that I get a front row seat to as a Pastor, are weddings. In fact I am usually standing about two feet away from the Bride and Groom as they exchange their vows and proclaim before their friends and family their promise of love and faithfulness. I have...

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You Preserve My Life

"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me." -Psalm 138:7 Life preservers, fire extinguishers, emergency window breaker/seat belt cutters, thermal blankets and other inventions have been created for the purpose of saving or preserving lives. They are designed...

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To Forgive…or to Murder?

“You shall not murder." -Exodus 20:13 When we first read the 5th Commandment here, it seems pretty simple.  Don't murder.  Great, finally a Commandment I can say I haven't broken.  Though, I have to admit, there were a few times I came pretty close while driving around town.  And then there was that kid who picked on me middle school.  Well,...

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Born of God

"We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him." -1 John 5:18 At first glance this passage stretches the mind. Who are the subjects of anyone born of God, the one who was born of God, and him? I think...

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Do NOT Mock Your Mom or Dad!

“The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures. -Proverbs 30:17 Wow! When you first read this, it honestly sounds really scary and gruesome, doesn’t it? But, what this piece of scripture really has to do with is that it is a...

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My Stronghold and My Refuge

"My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies." -2 Samuel 22:3-4 Life can be difficult.  There are days where we just...

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A Hug And A Swift Kick

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching." -Hebrews 10:24-25 These two verses have an interesting dichotomy. Verse 24 challenges us to...

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