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  • Friends or foes?

    “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight”(Colossians 1:21-22) I recently heard a pastor preach a message in which he emphasized the importance of separating…

  • The king’s authority

    “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”(Mark 1:14-15) The Lord’s earthly ministry began with the proclamation that, in Him, the Kingdom of…

  • Beware of dogs

    “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision [mutilation].”(Philppians3:2) While visiting with a dear saint after service last Sunday, I had mentioned that the morning had been challenging. There are always a million things to think about and take care of; frustrations seem inevitable. She smiled, “Well at least you have a…

  • Package deals

    “In Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”(1 Corinthians 15:22) Years ago I remember being at Walmart with my family looking at the DVDs in the “Bargain Bin” section. Some of them were bundled up as “package deals,” which was a little frustrating because no bundle we looked at had…

  • Origin, meaning, morals, and destiny

    “It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”(Jude 1:3) Every one of Christianity’s competing faith systems has official doctrinal positions regarding how the world began (origins), what the purpose of life is (meaning), how we ought…

  • Data compression

    “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few. For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.”(Ecclesiastes5:2-3) Politicians are…

  • A dog’s big world

    “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”(1 Corinthians 2:9) Dogs are astounding creatures. Many of their God-given senses put man’s abilities into the shadows by comparison. Their sense of smell, for…

  • Pushing and pulling

    “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:13-14 Anyone acquainted with weight training understands that the muscles of the human body can be grouped…

  • The razor’s edge

    “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”Proverbs 4:26-27 Today’s verse passage instructs us to walk, without deviation, the line God has prepared for us. This speaks not only of our outward conduct but our…

  • Building according to code

    “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.”(1 Corinthians 3:10) As I write this devotional, Linde and I are in the middle of doing a home renovation that will…