Is the LORD really your shepherd?

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1) One cannot have it both ways. Either we belong or we don’t. Jesus Himself warned us that there would come a day when many would say, “Lord, in Your name we did many wonderful things,” but He will retort that He never knew us as His own. It is a most serious and sobering thought which should make us search our own hearts and motives and personal relationship to Continue reading Is the LORD really your shepherd?

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7 Characteristics of a Real, Genuine, Sincere Apology

A real apology, which only comes from a person that is truly sorry, is a request for mercy and forgiveness. It is like the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control), which cannot be artificially added on from the outside, but flows out from a pure heart. A real, genuine, sincere apology is a blessing. But, nothing is worse than a faint apology, a false apology, a fake apology, or a non-apology.

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Don’t hate anyone who God loves and don’t love anything that God hates

Many sermons have been preached on who to love, who to hate, what to love, and what to hate. Many articles have been written on who to love, who to hate, what to love, and what to hate. For me, it all boils down to a simple principle… Don’t hate anyone who God loves! Don’t love anything that God hates!

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A modern-day parable of a father and his adopted children

A father adopted a dozen children from different countries, from different tribes, and from different kindred. He loved them all and they all loved him and they all loved each other. Two or three were more scholastic than the others. Two or three were more athletic than the others. Two or three were more musical than the others. Two or three were more travelers than the others. Two or three were more homebodies than the others. They all loved each Continue reading A modern-day parable of a father and his adopted children

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101 Verses on Humility and Meekness

Now the man Moses was very humble, above all the men who were on the surface of the earth. (Numbers 12:3) “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.” (1 Kings 21:29) if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, Continue reading 101 Verses on Humility and Meekness

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Luke 15 – The Divine Seeker of the bewildered, unconscious, and voluntary sinner

Have you ever wondered if you’ve gotten so far away from God that he doesn’t notice you anymore? Or maybe you feel like God notices you, but he’s either angry with you for what you’ve done or doesn’t think you’re worth his time. In this message from Luke 15, Claude Hickman walks through three stories Jesus tells that all make one point. Jesus is the divine seeker.

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What, me worry?

Worry is common. Worry is everywhere. Even the disciples, who walked with Jesus Christ, the creator of Heaven and Earth, the Son of God, and the King of the Jews, suffered worry. Even the disciples, who saw Jesus give sight to the blind, made the lame to walk, cleansed the lepers, and caused the deaf to hear, suffered worry. Even the disciples, who heard Jesus proclaim the good news to the poor, suffered worry. Even the disciples, who were with Jesus when he Continue reading What, me worry?

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What about divorce?

Divorce is serious. It permanently severs the most intimate marriage relationship. It almost always causes emotional, financial, and practical hardships for children and families. What does the Bible say about divorce? What does God think about divorce? As with many things, it’s a good idea to go to the Old Testament Ten Commandment Law to see what God thinks about something.

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Help for hurting marriages

Before all else, you must have a right relationship with Jesus Christ. Only through him can you have healing of your marriage, only through him can you have healing of the relationship with your family, only through him can you have healing of the relationship with your children (1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21). But [Jesus Christ] told me: “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So I will brag even more about Continue reading Help for hurting marriages

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What about marriage? Is a civil wedding ceremony required by God?

What is marriage? The Bible definition and description of marriage hasn’t changed in over 3500 years since Moses received revelation and commandment from God. But, mankind has changed many opinions, practices, and traditions about marriage during that time. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to go back to the Bible and see what it says.

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