Absalom – A Study in Bitterness

One person who was born with a golden spoon in his mouth was Absalom. Handsome, the third son of the king, Absalom was destined for greatness. But something went radically…

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185: Two Kingdoms

When I was in high school (a long time ago), our sports rival was a town twenty miles to the north, just over the border between California and Oregon. The…

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184: Temporary Pleasures

Anyone who has been around the Bible for very long recognizes the name, Moses. But you may not be as familiar with his early years. They are miraculous, to say…

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183: Seeds of Failure

David was the greatest king that Israel ever had. The 40 years of his reign are often called the “Golden Age of Israel.” From the moment he slew the giant…

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182: Christian Math

In Romans 6:11 Paul tells Christ-followers to “count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Was Paul simply promoting positive thinking? Was he suggesting that Christ-followers…

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Questioning God’s Love

All of us, at one time or another, have entertained the thought, “If God loves me, why is this happening to me?” The Apostle Paul answers this “love” question in…

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179: Finding Fulfillment

Most people want to experience fulfillment and satisfaction in their lives. Sadly, many times they look in the wrong places to find it. The Bible records four such attempts to…

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178: Free Speech

I think the purpose of “free speech” in the Constitution was to provide a person the freedom to speak out against the government without fear of reprisal, whether it be…

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177: Give Us A King
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Samuel was getting old. He had served God his entire life and given leadership to the nation of Israel throughout his adult years. Now, as he approached the end of…

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176: Good Morning, Lord
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Some years ago, a pastor challenged me to write out a morning prayer. Here is what I wrote. It helps me to remember what is important to me. Feel free…

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175: Perspective
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In a sermon recently, Pastor Lance Logue gave the following two illustrations to show that our hopes have a great deal to do with our attitude. Illustration #1 - Your…

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174: Your Greatest Asset
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From our earliest interactions with other kids to our adult years, we find that there are three things that tend to impress others. People seem to be nicer to those…

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173: Changing of the Guard
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It’s always a time of uncertainty when a longtime leader retires, leaves, or dies. The new leader often faces comparisons to the previous one. People worry over the changes new…

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172: Background Checks
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Usually the subject of background checks is included in the hot topic of gun regulation. I am not promoting an opinion in this blog, but it got me thinking, “I’m…

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