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Life As A Cup of Wine

Wine plays a prominent role in the Bible. It is mentioned over two hundred times. Jesus used analogies involving the grapevine and branches. He talked about the wine making process and the harvesting of the grapes. His first miracle was changing water into wine. And finally, at the last supper, He took the cup of…

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Storehouse Of Love

The word devil comes to us from the Greek word diabolos, which means “to divide.” The devil uses every tactic possible to pit us against each other. Has there ever been a time when you have witnessed more hatred, vitriol, division, or acrimony in the world? To combat this bitter divisiveness, we Christians need to…

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Blow Your Trumpet

Who is the greatest trumpet player ever? The names of Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie might come to mind. Louis Armstrong, however, tops most lists. He is arguably the best trumpet player in modern times. He left a lasting impact on music. God is calling us all to play the trumpet…

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Jesus Cracks Me Up

We often use the expression “he or she cracks me up” when someone has the ability to make us laugh. Boisterous laughing is sometimes referred to as “side splitting” laughter. Jesus is in the side splitting, crack me up business as well but it is no laughing matter. Find out how Jesus wants to “crack…

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Born To Give Witness

Last week, my wife and I, our oldest daughter and her two sons, ages 6 and 4 were sitting on a rock, taking a short break from our hike on a beautiful mountain trail. A female hiker, with a deformed arm, passed by as we rested. Our 4-year-old grandson, with no filter, blurted out, “What’s…

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Lasting Scars

The accident took place not long before her senior picture day. A beautiful young girl on the high school softball team was struck by a pitch while catching during a game. The fast-pitched ball glanced off her glove and struck her at the bridge of her nose near her eyebrow. It cut to the bone.…

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Like Prophets Of Old – We Are Called

How would you respond, if like the great prophets of old, you heard God’s voice calling you to be a prophet in the world right now? Today, many people are put off and annoyed by anyone sharing the message of Jesus Christ. In many ways, Christianity is being marginalized.  Would you be afraid to answer…

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Mouth to Mouth Kissing

A woman spoke to her lover with these words, “Let him kiss me with kisses of his mouth, for your love is better than wine, better than the fragrance of your perfumes.” These words appear to come from the pages of a steamy romance novel. Does it surprise you to know these words are from…

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Is Jesus A Malleable Messiah?

There was once a time when we believed that God was the potter, and we were the clay. In those days it was God who fashioned us and He was in control. Perhaps we have always had it wrong. Maybe we are the potters and God is the clay. Perhaps we have the power to…

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Waiting For The Elevator

The world’s largest department store was bustling. People were milling around everywhere on the first floor. However, for years Charlie had heard people talking about what was on the second floor. Everything one could want filled the isles of first floor, yet nothing caught Charlie’s eye. Like a man on a mission, he headed straight…

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