Beauty of the Ashes: Get Back In the Ring

Get Back in the Ring And not only that, but we* also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, Romans 5:3 I have an autographed picture of Muhammed Ali in my office at home. No, I never actually met him, but my nephew Jason did. He lived near the legendary boxer in Michigan …

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To Where Does Your Heart Run?

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure. 10 For thou dost not give me up to Sheol, or let thy godly one see the Pit. 11 Thou dost show me the path of life; in thy presence there is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures for evermore. …

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The End of All Suffering

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you. 1 Peter 5:10   Do you realize what it means that God has “called you to his eternal glory in Christ”? It’s imperative that we …

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Hurt So Good

29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, Philippians 1:29 The American Pop Philosopher, John Cougar Mellencamp sang, “Sometimes love don't feel like it should. You make it, hurt so good”. Somehow, I don’t think John was talking about …

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Raised from the Ashes: Lent – Good Friday

“14 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me.” Psalm 40:14 Read Psalm 40 The Goodness of Death Is there anything more certain than death? It feels so certain because it comes to all people with no respect of person; young and old, rich and poor…no one escapes. Yet, …

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Raised from the Ashes: Lent – Day 14

“Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?” 1 Cor. 6:7b Read 1 Cor. 5:9-6:10   Why Not? We definitely have an aversion to suffering in our culture. I know, nobody should want to suffer, right? Only a masochist would choose to suffer, right? Perhaps, but what of the person who chooses to …

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