On a steamy Saturday in July, I dropped off our son at a local community college to take the ACT. Earlier that morning, before leaving the house, we paused for prayer. I knew how nervous he was, how much he hates a timed test. I remembered my own anxiety and apprehension as a high schooler, realizing that part of your future rests on a few hours in a room full of strangers. So, I prayed for him not to be afraid.
Fear is a curious and powerful emotion. It can debilitate. Fear can stop our mind, shut our mouth, and stay our hand. Yet fear can also set us into action. As much as fear keeps us from taking risks and being effective, fear can also be an incredible motivator. In a way, fear is what’s made our son an excellent student thus far. It’s what kept him up studying…
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I heard this powerful poem as quoted by Dr. Steve Lawson during a recent run…
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ…
I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
The die has been cast, I’ve stepped over the line; the decision has been made;
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I will not look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still.
My past is redeemed; my present makes sense; my future is secure.
I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits or popularity.
I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded .
I now live by faith, love by patience, live by prayer, and labor by power .
My pace is set; my gait is fast; my goal is the heaven. My road is narrow;
My way is rough; my companions few; my Guide reliable; my mission…
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“So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
The above verse from 2 Corinthians is perhaps the most profound declaration of wisdom in the Scriptures. Think about what is being said. All of the things that we see with our eyes are temporary, meaning that there will be a day in the future when they will no longer exist. Everything we can see, no exceptions! This earth, and all that is in it, will someday be destroyed by fire when the Lord Jesus returns. All the stars and planets of the universe will be destroyed also. A new heaven and new earth will be created.
“But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of…
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In her Bible Study On Bended Knee, Crickett Keeth asks what it means to pray “according to the riches of his glory (Ephesians 3:16)?”*
It means we pray expecting God “to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think (Ephesians 3:21).”
Here’s why: “The greater a person’s wealth, the greater his gift must be to qualify for giving according to his wealth. For God to give according to the riches of His glory is absolutely staggering, because His riches are limitless, completely without bounds.”**
*adapted from Crickett Keeth, On Bended Knee, p. 43.
**John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Ephesians, p.102.
Scripture reading: Luke 15:11–32
Key verse: John 1:12
As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
You’ve probably heard and read Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son many times, and the emphasis of the lesson is usually on the wayward brother. No matter how badly he had behaved, no matter how much he did not deserve his father’s forgiveness, he received it anyway.
The one often overlooked is the other brother, grumbling in the corner while the party is in full swing. Many of us, if we’re honest, secretly identify with him. It just doesn’t seem fair. There he was, faithful and obedient all those years, and the “bad seed” got showered with attention just because he did something good for once.
Jesus was pointing out that both brothers were accepted into the same…
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