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Repentance brings new life

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How are you doing as we begin our second week of Lent? Has God led you to set anything aside in order to more fully focus on Him? I saw one friend online talking about how hard it was to give up what she was giving up. I encouraged her to “don’t think about it so much in terms of what you’re giving up. Think about it as wanting Jesus more than whatever you’re temporarily giving up!” I hope that is helpful for you too! Keep at it. And if you haven’t decided to fast something between now and Good Friday, it’s […]

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What do you really want?

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Today is “Ash Wednesday.” The day when Christians for centuries have started the season known as “Lent.” During this season, as Christians we seek to deny ourselves in one or more areas in order to seek God and hear from Him clearly between now and Easter. I think many of us as Protestants have neglected this valuable spiritual discipline down through the years. We’ve just said, “That’s something the Catholics do, but we’re free from that.” And I think that because we haven’t taken fasting seriously, we’ve missed many opportunities to become more like Christ.  “What is God calling you […]

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Staying thirsty

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Years ago, a popular advertising campaign featured “the most interesting man in the world.” The tagline was: “stay thirsty, my friends!” The man in the commercials supposedly lived quite a life. But even his life can’t really compare with our next fallen father. Moses had an amazing life. We owe him so much and have much we can learn from him. But Moses also had a few character flaws that cost him dearly. We’ve got to consider both the good and the bad from Moses in order to learn the most from him. Reminding ourselves of the bad parts also […]

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“Hey y’all, watch this!”

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The immortal words, “Hey y’all, watch this!” have been uttered many times down through the centuries. And in many of those times, something really bad happened soon after! Many of us have momentary brain lapses and make poor choices. The consequences can be brutal.  Pride is a deadly enemy. The phrase “pride goes before a fall” actually comes from Proverbs 16:18: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” And there seems to be no shortage of examples to prove God’s point! That brings us to this week’s message in our series “Fallen Fathers, Gracious God.” While Joseph never said “Hey y’all, watch this,” he […]