Over the past year, many people have suffered isolation thanks to the “stay home, stay safe” initiatives around the county (and world). When no one calls or stops by, it’s easy to feel forgotten.
But are you forgotten by God? Not likely. How could the omniscient Creator of every cell in your body forget about you?
At New Hope, our pastor does an excellent job teaching the Word as he preaches. For more than a year, he preached through Luke’s treatise that the King James crew called “The ACTS of the Apostles.” What is a treatise? The Greek is logos which should sound familiar to everyone. The concordance calls it “word” …
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God...hath...given him a name which is above every namePhilippians 2:9 Names are important, but most of us only have a few we acknowledge. There is our first name, our given name – first, middle, last - and our surname. Perhaps we’ve been (un)lucky enough to inherit a nickname or two. Which of these names do …
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Whether it's Christmas or any time of the year, there’s so much to be gleaned from learning about the many names of Jesus Christ. They carry weighty meaning and give insight into his character.
In this selfish world, Christmas seems to be about buying more things, getting more things. Everyone wants what they want, and they're willing to run up a credit card bill to get it.
But that's not what Christmas is about. Let's take a few minutes to consider that God has the power to grant our every wish.
Sometimes, we act like figuring out what God wants from us is a big mystery. We stumble around scratching our heads and looking lost. The truth is different. God gives us guidance for living a purposeful and rest-filled life that honors him. Finding his will doesn’t take a special formula or a five-step plan. God …
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Over on the Facebook page, we're coming to the end of Forty Days in the Psalms. Reading and meditating on these poetic interludes made for a perfect way to spend the summer. It might surprise you to learn that I wrote a study book about this Psalm. That was five years ago, and each time …
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Who looks for a mediocre employee or a job with mediocre benefits? No one I know. But for some reason, we settle for mediocrity in our spiritual life. Is there a single thing in your life that you wish was mediocre? A mediocre tax bill, maybe? Nope. We’d wish for a minimal bill or better …
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Psalm 70 is a major plea for help. In fact, it’s a request for speedy delivery. The writer says make haste three times and ends with “make no tarrying.” Nothing like demanding the Lord hurries up and answers our prayers. I really love the honesty of this song.
This year has been a cacophony of plans gone awry for most of the residents of our world. Travel plans got cancelled. Regular daily activities got halted. Anxiety rose for many people. Relationships weren’t cancelled but some of them felt distant like there was a giant “hold” button pressed above us.