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Unashamed

Have you ever denied God in front of others? Have you ever been that person who just sat quietly by as others insulted your Savior or some of His followers? Unfortunately, there was a period of time in my life when that was true of me. There were several instances in my past in which I just shut my mouth as I listened to those around me criticize Christianity and portray its followers in various stereotypical ways. I certainly didn’t want to be portrayed in a similar light. And I certainly didn’t want to embrace the idea that any type of suffering would be a part of my Christian faith. I wanted the easy Christian life, you know, the kind where you can gain all Read More

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Loathsome Quail

“You (Israelites) have wept in the hearing of the LORD, saying, ‘Who will give us meat to eat? For it was better for us in Egypt.’ Therefore the Lord will give you meat, and you shall eat…until it comes out at your nostrils and becomes loathsome to you, because you have rejected the Lord who is among you…” (Numbers 11:18-20) The verses sure do convey a disgusting picture, but they hit me with such truth as I read them.  The entire passage of Numbers 11 shows a people who were not thankful for what the Lord had given them, but instead were consumed with desire for what they did not have, for what they thought they needed. These verses took me back years in my Read More

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A Radiant Life

  “If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest Himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the light of His face.”   A.W. Tozer Who out there is really pumped up about the idea of living a “nominal Christian life”? Does that get anyone’s fire burning? Ok, now let’s think about the opposite. Who would like to have a life that is “radiant with the light of [God’s] face”? I think for most of us that is an easy answer: we would choose to be radiant. I think every one of us has a longing inside to be brilliant, to shine brightly with a sense of value and worth that Read More

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The Faith of a Leper

And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  Matthew 8:2-3 Do you have the faith of the leper? Are you willing to approach God with full confidence that he can do absolutely anything in his great power? This leper, lacking any power of his own in regard to his physical strength or his standing in society, knew that Jesus could do anything, even cleanse a leper like himself.  Approaching Jesus with humility and faith, he states, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” He doesn’t ask Jesus if he can make Read More

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The Character of God

  “So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” Hebrews 6:17-18 After reading this passage, I have to ask myself, “Why do I ever falter in my faith when I have a God like this?” I have a God who is absolutely unchanging in his purpose and trustworthy in his character. I have a God who is simply incapable of telling a lie or even formulating the idea of a lie in his Read More