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Resist Temptation

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Resist Temptation In the very beginning of the Bible, we are introduced to the primary adversary of it’s story. In the garden, this adversary took on the form of a serpent, but he was not given a name. In fact, throughout the Bible, the authors work hard to not give the satan a name. They […]

Don’t Be Alone

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Don’t Be Alone When we read the story of Jesus, we read a story of a Son who loves His Father. The intimacy between the Father and the Son sustains the Son throughout His life. That is why is it so hard to read that Jesus felt abandoned by God on the cross. They existed […]

You Make God Happy

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Making God Happy All of us like to be told that we are doing a good job. I get discouraged if I feel that my work is going unnoticed or unappreciated, and I would be a better boss if I would remember to tell my employees that they are doing well more often. So why […]

Motivated to Obey

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Motivated by Being Real Jesus was a real man with real parents and real human problems. Deuteronomy 16:16 says that every year, men in Israel celebrate three festivals: the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Harvest, and the Festival of Shelters. During these events, every man must present himself before the Lord at the chosen […]

Hoping Beats Wishing

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Hoping Comes From Faith We’ve all found ourselves stuck in life. Maybe we have a habit that’s beyond a New Year’s Resolution fix. Maybe we’ve gotten a divorce, had a moral failure, or just feel purposeless and want something new. So, the question is: how is a life made new? And the answer is: faith. We […]

Come Boldly to God


Come Boldly to God When we picture the Christmas nativity seen, we picture Mary and Jospeh, Jesus, some shepherd, and three wise men, but the truth is, we don’t actually know that there were three wise men. We just say there were three because they brought three gifts to Jesus’ parents. What we do know is […]

Make Room for Jesus

Make Room Twice I have visited The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and it is a powerful experience. Many people are surprised to hear that visitors can stand in the cave that Jesus was likely born in. Some people hear that information and become skeptical because they believe Jesus was born in a barn, […]

The True Story of Jesus

We hear a lot of stories when we are kids. Some are good, and some are not so good. Now that I’ve have sons of my own, I’ve gone back to read them some of the stories that I grew up hearing, and I’ve noticed that many of them are definitely not as good as I remember.