Failure Isn’t Final

We expect our friends to be loyal. How would you feel if your closest friend cowardly denied knowing you? Friends who forsake you create some of the deepest scars. For…

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224: Pilate and Jesus

You almost feel sorry for Pontius Pilate...almost. As the Roman governor over the province of Judea, he had been assigned soldiers and tasked with the job of keeping peace in…

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223: Peace Replaces Guilt

John 13:1 is perhaps the clearest verse in the Bible to give us a glimpse into the character and love of Jesus Christ. “It was just before the Passover Feast.…

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222: Insensitive Friends

We can learn a lot about comforting a friend when they experience grief from the book of Job (pronounced long o). If you are not familiar with his story, he…

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221: Celebration of Deliverance

The holiday of Purim (pronounced purr-eem’) occurs each year in early March. It is one of the most joyous celebrations in Jewish communities all around the world. The biblical book…

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Gardening 101 – Weeds

At the moment we place our personal faith in Jesus Christ, tremendous things take place. Colossians 3:1-4 identifies four of these truths:> I died with Christ> I am raised with…

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219: Fighting Discouragement

At times, all of us hear the voices of discouragement. Sometimes they confront us even when we are confident that we are doing what God wants us to do. This…

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218: Exercises for Growth

Some people teach that the best way to grow in our relationship with Christ is to observe certain holidays or eat specific foods or follow particular rules. These were some…

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217: Crying Over Jerusalem

I went to college about 80 miles from home. When I’d drive back, the last bend through the redwoods brought me to a lookout point where I could see the…

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216: Servant-Leader

In response to Peter’s question about the perks he’d experience for being one of the Lord’s faithful followers, Jesus said, “Many who are first will be last, and the last…

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215: Is Anyone Too Bad For God?

You’ve heard of kids turning 180 degrees away from the values of their parents? Well, this is one of those situations. Hezekiah was a good leader of his country. He…

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In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Most prayers are ended with the same four words, “in Jesus’ name, Amen.” While I’m not suggesting that it’s wrong or bad to end our prayers that way (I do…

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Jesus’ Ancestry

You often see advertisements for Ancestry.com. It’s interesting to see who’s in your family line. Are there black sheep among them? Anyone famous? The Jews were very big on keeping…

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211: Four Views of Christ

The first four books of the New Testament are biographical sketches of the life of Christ. While there is overlap among the books, each one has a different emphasis of…

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