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1, 2, 3 John: Something Worth Writing About

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: Loving others well is an option, but aware of the cross, loving others well is not an option. Despite the many ways I’ve let God down, he sticks with me. He calls on me to stick...

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From the Pen of Paul: Where Are We Going?

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: Life can be overwhelming sometimes, but I am not alone in the battle, nor will I have to fight it forever. Jesus is still reaching people, including me, and the power of his name is still...

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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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When Enough Is Enough

Sometimes, God has had to say, “Stop!” He had to say that to a divided nation that claimed to follow him. One day, whether in our lifetime or later, he will say it again. To Think About: To Live Out: Idolatry is not something limited to people who lived long ago. Anything – even those...

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1 God, 2 Prophets, 3 Enemies

It’s a battle, and the stage is set in 1 Kings. Sides were taken then, and the same sides are taken today. To Think About: To Live Out: Your trust in God at this moment may reflect the disappointment of Baal’s team, or it might be more like Elijah’s trust. It could be you are...

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Unity Lost, Division Gained

Under Saul, David, and Solomon, there was only one kingdom. In 1 Kings 12, that kingdom divides. Rehoboam, son of Solomon, leads one part of the divided kingdom, while Jeroboam, a former official of Solomon’s, leads the other. To Think About: To Live Out: Where are you getting your advice? No matter how you respond,...

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The Wisdom of Solomon

Solomon’s wisdom is given to him by God in 1 Kings 3:5-12. What a gift! Of all that Solomon could have asked for, he asked for a discerning heart. He wanted to be a wise leader. You’ll read his wise words in many books of the Bible. Go ahead and look at some of them....

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The Shepherd and the Sheep

Shepherds and sheep come up repeatedly in the Bible. Referring to people as sheep isn’t always meant to be disdainful, but it’s always meant to teach. To Think About: To Pray About: To Live Out: Live out what you prayed for. Be your own answered prayer by relying on God’s Spirit to lead you from...

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Leading Like It Matters: Do I Have to Lead?

  Sometimes it’s easier to let someone else do it. You reason that even if you wanted to do it, you probably couldn’t do it well enough. Then the other doubts start cascading: you aren’t old enough, young enough, nor do you make enough, understand enough, or learn quickly enough. An apostle and a judge...

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Leading Like It Matters: Do I Lead Yet?

  Crete then, like many of the places you go today, had people of all ages. Paul’s letter to Titus had some specific ways that Titus could influence the different age groups. Even if you aren’t the older women or the younger man he’s writing about, almost everything described has a place in our lives....