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Romans 12:9-21: One Another!

In Romans 12:9-21, one small phrase is repeated three times. That phrase is “one another.” That phrase is significant because it is used about 100 times in the New Testament, many of those in Paul’s writings. Interestingly, the “one another” statements almost always fall into three categories. Let’s look at these three commands in Romans…

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Discernment: Addressing another’s actions?

Recently I discovered a thoughtful podcast called Friends in Formation. It is sponsored by Renovare, an international nonprofit dedicated to helping people become more like Jesus. Each month, the three presenters entertain three questions submitted to the podcast to enable us all to walk more closely with God. One question resonated with me this past…

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Aging in the present!

Yesterday, I read a book by J.I. Packer, entitled Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging. It was a concise book and convicting. Packer’s main point was that as we grow old, we must continue growing, learning, and ministering, living in the present, not getting lost in the nostalgic…

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Thoughts on Worship

When you hear the word “worship,” what comes to mind? Do you automatically think of singing? The worship service? Do you imagine yourself a spectator, or are you actively engaged?  The most common Hebrew word translated as “worship” in the Old Testament is “shachah.” Strong’s Concordance defines “shachah” as bowing down.  We see Abraham’s servant…

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Real Rest

What I feared has come upon me;    what I dreaded has happened to me.I have no peace, no quietness;    I have no rest, but only turmoil. Job 3:25-26 I read the book of Job last week, and I’ve been thinking about this concept of rest. Then on Sunday, our pastor mentioned rest in his sermon. Rest is a common topic…

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Our Good Crisis #5: The meek will inherit!

A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly, and touches with reverence. A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force. Let’s dress ourselves with gentleness. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of God among us. Henri Nouwen A couple of…

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