Spiritual Growth

Adopted Children of God

I was 8 years old. Our family of four was sitting at the dinner table. My older brother Mike was 10. As my mom passed the meat and potatoes she nonchalantly stated, “By the way boys, you are adopted.” That was how we found out. It was to become the subject that was almost never…

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Maranatha

No, today’s message is not a crash course in Aramaic; however, it might be a good idea for each of us to become just a little more familiar with the word Maranatha. This past Sunday marked the first Sunday in Advent. For many Christians, this marks the beginning of a new liturgical year. New Year’s…

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Don’t Keep Looking Back

Imagine for a moment that you are a professional golfer. You have made your way to the Masters for the first time. Going in to the last day of the tournament you are tied for the lead. That evening, you decide to watch every video of a major putt that you missed as a professional.…

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Sensory Pollution

Noise and visual pollution fill our lives. The endless droning of noise bombards our ears while our eyes are forced to contend with unending visual stimulation. With this cacophony of a hyper-sensory onslaught, is it any wonder that so many people struggle to hear the voice of God or see His face in their everyday…

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Unrelenting Thorns

I am convinced that every one of us has some flaw or annoying characteristic that persists, frustrates, annoys, and ultimately aggravates the heck out of us. When these flaws are recurring sins in our life, they can also make us feel weak and ashamed. Our interior battle to overcome these “thorns” can leave us exhausted.…

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The Kingdom of God: Is It Now Or Later?

Today’s title begs the question: Is the kingdom of God now, or will the kingdom come at a later time? The simple answer is yes/both. Each time we pray the Lord’s Prayer we say the words: “Thy Kingdom Come.” But wait a minute, in the New Testament it also says: “The Kingdom of God is…

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“Fixin To Get Ready”

Here in the United States, “Fixin to get ready” is a colloquial expression often used in the deep south. It essentially means: “getting ready to get ready.” In other words, it reflects inaction. Have you ever found yourself fixin to get ready to do something but never doing it? As a Christian, are you only…

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Stairway To Heaven

Would you rather take the elevator or climb the steps to the top of the Empire State building? Taking the stairs rather than the elevator is good advice to get fit. Some people actually run up the 1,576 steps of the Empire State Building. The elevator is much easier. Easy is rarely the right choice…

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Discipleship Requires Commitment

Jesus has called us each by name to work in His Kingdom. How are we responding to His call? Have we said yes Lord, or have we offered Him some excuse? How energetically are you committed to bringing others to Christ? Is your relationship with God more than just going to church on Sunday morning?…

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We Have A Friend In Jesus

I have always enjoyed John Denver’s music. His songs always have a way of touching my heart. In one of his songs he sings about the relationship he had with his first guitar. In “This Old Guitar” we find these lyrics: “This old guitar taught me to sing a love song.”  I find an interesting…

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