Archive for October, 2014


Love Your Pastor

“He…gave some to be…pastors” Eph 4:11 Pastors have a tough job. They get more kicks than kisses. If a pastor is young he lacks experience; if he’s gray haired he’s too old. If he has five kids he has too many; if he has none he’s setting a bad example. If his wife sings in […]

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Get Rid Of The Non-Essentials

“Let us lay aside every weight…and let us run with perseverance” Heb 12:1 In the days of the Roman Empire, Olympic runners practiced with heavy weights strapped to their bodies. But on the day of the race all the weights were stripped from them; hence we are told in Scriptures, “Let us lay aside every weight…and […]

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Be Strong In The Lord

“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” Eph 6:10 The Message Bible translation says, “God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to […]

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How To Build A Great Marriage

If you want a great marriage, you’ve got to work at it every day. The Bible gives us God’s blueprint for one: Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another. Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the […]

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Be Tenacious

“My only aim is to finish the race” Acts 20:24 Paul writes, “In every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task […]

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The Word From The Top (8)

“You shall not covet.” Ex 20:17 In the last of the Ten Commandments, God told His people, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house…nor your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Coveting means grasping and craving for things that don’t belong to you. […]

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The Word From The Top (7)

“You shall not give false testimony” Ex 20:16 The ninth commandment says, “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” Why do we lie? For lots of reasons: to escape the consequences of our actions; to avoid paying out dues; to create a false image; to convince others we’re something we’re not. But it […]

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The Word From The Top (6)

“You shall not steal.” Ex 20:15 The eighth commandment says, “You shall not steal.” Think how strange this commandment must have seemed to the Israelites. As a nomad society, thieving and looting had always been acceptable in their culture – even expected. But God said, “That day is over. Stealing distorts your priorities. It makes […]

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The Word From The Top (5)

“You shall not commit adultery” Ex 20:14 The seventh commandment says, “You shall not commit adultery.” But Jesus takes it one step further by saying, “Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery…in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is […]

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The Word From The Top (4)

“You shall not murder” Ex 20:13 The sixth commandment says, “You shall not murder.” Now most of us don’t need a lecture on murder, so let’s address the real issue: the tongue, which kills by destroying a person’s self-worth and future hopes. Paul writes, “All the law is fulfilled in…this: ‘You shall love your neighbor […]

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