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Not Outdated, Just First: Words

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: Once spoken, my words cannot be taken back. Ultimately, my words either reflect or distort the good news about Jesus. They either draw people closer to him or move people further from him. My speech must...

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Not Outdated, Just First: Actions

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: I can justify anything I do. I’ve told myself why something must be done or shouldn’t be acted upon. With that sense of justification, I act. But without an accurate gauge of right or wrong, I’m...

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His Body, His Blood

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: The cross and empty tomb are paradoxical: life and death, loss and victory, emptiness and hope. Even more, they are part of the story that tells me how much I matter to Jesus. What he did,...

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From the Pen of Paul: What Is the Church?

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: Being a part of the church is more than an affiliation. Instead, you are intimately linked with the Son of God himself. It is no longer you alone, but you are someone who wears his name,...

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From the Pen of Paul: Who or What is a Christian?

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: Being a Christian is more than a decision. A way of thinking and living follows it. I know that in my head, but my mouth, hands, and feet don’t always follow suit. I’m reminded that Christ...

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What Changes a Person?

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: It is not enough to say, “I believe!” Acts tells of people shocked that Paul, whom they formerly knew as Saul, was now preaching about Jesus! In Acts 17:1-4, Luke tells about Paul’s new custom: going...

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myTunes: Singing and Praying the Psalms

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My prayer; God, I don’t always know what to say to you. I’m so excited or thankful for what you’ve done in some situations, but other times, I’m scared or even angry. Please hear my words as I say your words back...

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The Super Bowl

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: There is plenty of darkness in the world around me. I hear it, see it, feel it, and experience it. Jesus’ words show me the way I can also cause it. Before I speak or act,...

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From the Prophets: Tears of Promise

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: Malachi 2 has words of warning to God’s priests. He wants me to help people find him, hear about him, and honor him. That is what some people in my own life have done. He has...