Don’t Be Like the Hypocrites

The church once had a reputation for being full of hypocrites. What is a hypocrite? By definition a hypocrite is a person who indulges in pretence, duplicity and falseness. In other words, they put on a show to make you think they are something they are not. A hypocrite tries to deceive you purposely No wonder many people wanted to steer clear of the church. Perhaps this is why Jesus is concerned enough about hypocrisy…

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Blessed Promises

We are beginning a lent series on the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew chapters 5 to 7. This is the longest discourse of Christ’s teachings given to us and is only recorded in Matthew. The Sermon on the Mount paints a picture of life within the kingdom of God. It offers a new moral code of the people which goes beyond mere obedience to law to incorporate a newness of will, a transformation…

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The Love of the Father

Today we come to the main character of this parable – the father.  Although modern editors have titled this parable the Prodigal Son, it is really all about the father. The father is a picture of our heavenly Father. So lets take a look and see what God would show us.

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Give Me My Inheritance!

Like the younger son in this parable, some Christians feel rebellious toward God because they lack a true understanding of God and His ways. They feel like following Jesus would require them to give up too much of what they want in this life. They do not understand that God is the giver of every good thing. They chose the things of this world over the things of God.

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Encourage One Another

In a world of despair and darkness where we are often feeling unsure how important is a word of encouragement? Think in your own life of a timely word offered by a teacher, a parent, a friend. God can use and does use our words to bring about His greater plan. Words are like pods of power that we plant in someone else’s life. Words matter – we ALL need to hear positive encouraging words…

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Shine Children of Light

What does shining a light look like in practical terms? Well for starters try smiling – a lot. Smile at the busy cashier, smile at the clerk, smile at your waitress. Be thankful and say so. Express your gratitude to others and to God; accept others for who they are – don’t require  everyone must be perfect- Philippians 4:5 (NIV)Let your gentleness be evident to all.  Be a happy person – we have Jesus in…

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Living with Love

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1God’s love for us is great! It is extravagant!! And it is lavished on us!! That means God’s love is heaped up, poured over, bestowed upon, smothered in, and covered by on us. Love comes from God because God is love and so when we love we are in…

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Living with Joy

Do you have overflowing joy? I don’t mean occasional feelings of joy, or even a subtle deep inner joy – I mean overflowing joy – that just bubbles up out of you. Would you lie to have overflowing joy? Jesus lays out for us the recipe to have this kind of joy.

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Living with Peace

Peace is a gift given to us and we must learn to live it out. This gift of peace is not found in the world, it is not found through the world’s ways of seeking peace. The world can not give us this kind of peace because it doesn’t have it. The dictionary definition of peace is freedom from disturbance; tranquility. God’s peace exceeds this definition God’s peace exists in the disturbance, in the chaos,…

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