Spiritual Growth

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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Will We Answer God’s Call?

No one likes getting endlessly lost in an automated computer phone system. It is quite frustrating when you can’t get through to a real person. Studies show that businesses that have phones answered by a live person outperform businesses that use an auto-attendant. We all prefer to talk to a real person. God does too!…

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Public Sins and Scarlet Letters

This past Sunday’s readings at my church touched on the topics of gender, marriage, and divorce. These often-controversial topics, share something in common. They are all public issues. The stark difference in the way Christians react to public verses private sin reveals a great deal about our human nature.  Please read more… Sunday’s readings from…

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Don’t Cut And Burn

The leader of the country sat proudly in the ornate room set aside for visiting dignitaries. The fire dancing on the logs in the fireplace flickered off the walls as the heat from the fire warmed the room. A visiting evangelist and devout man of God handed the leader a copy of God’s word. This…

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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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In An Instant We Are Gone

And just like that, at age 38, he was gone. It was totally unexpected. There were no goodbyes. He left behind his wife and 2 small children. Nothing will ever be the same for his family. Some die old, others far too young. Every day around the world, lives come to an end. One day…

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Who Do You Want To Go To Hell?

Who would you send to hell if you had the power to do so? Most Christians hold strong opinions on who should and who shouldn’t go to hell. Throughout Christian history, theologians have debated the topic of hell. Some contend that it will be nearly empty while others believe it will be full to the…

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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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Restless Yearning

Have you ever experienced a restless yearning to go home after having been away for an extended period of time? It’s as if we have a built-in homing device constantly calling us back. The same is true with our spiritual life. Our hearts are like homing pigeons, they have an innate need to fly back…

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Dumpster Diving

A gaunt disheveled man laid all alone in the alley. The smell of the nearby restaurants wafted through the air. The food’s aroma caused his stomach to groan. It had been days since he had eaten. His hunger pains forced him up off the pavement. He stumbled over to a dumpster hoping to find something…

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