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The beginning of wisdom

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7 (NKJV) The phrase “the fear of the Lord” appears 11 times in the book of Proverbs. It refers to fear ...

Jesus redefines greatness

What comes to mind when you think about greatness? To many, it means power, wealth, or celebrity. Of course, those are the values of the world system but this is not the way Jesus defined greatness. In the 20th ...

Three practices for this Christmas

It never fails. We run around frantically buying presents for our family, friends, and loved ones only for the magic moment to peak amid a flurry of Christmas paper being torn and flung in the air. All too often, ...

Three reasons to study the Bible

To be sure, there are more than three reasons to study the Bible but these three should provide enough motivation for any believer who wants to grow closer to God, become more like Jesus, and be a useful instrument ...

The rope illustration

The grass withers and the flowers fade beneath the breath of the Lord. And so it is with people. (Isaiah 40:7 NLT) Some things are certain in this life. Whether we realize it or not, we’re in our mortal bodies for ...

Imperishable Crowns

The apostles strongly encouraged believers to strive for a crown, which is the biblical symbol for a badge of victory. Notice that we’re not told to strive for a perishable crown that rusts and fades. We’re told ...

Three men with three motives

In his book, Doctrine of Repentance, 17th century Puritan preacher and author Thomas Watson tells a story about three men who admit they have completely different motives for turning away from sin. The story goes ...

Psalm 150

The last chapter in the book of Psalms is all about praising Jesus. In just six short verses, the psalmist makes it clear who we are to praise, where to give our praise, what to praise Him for, how to praise Him, ...

Let my words be life

There’s a song by Hawk Nelson that reminds us that what we say is of the utmost importance. I should also add that how we say it is important as well. Their song, Words goes like this: Let my words be life. Let my ...

Does God hear all prayers?

I have to admit that I cringe a little when I hear people say that God hears everyone’s prayers because it simply isn’t true. The bible clearly states that there are times when people have become so wicked for ...