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out with the old, in with the new

It is hard to believe that another year has come and gone. I seems like the longer we are here on this earth, the faster the years seem to fly by. As I look back, I think of how I used to wonder about the future and what it would bring. Well, the future is now the present and far too soon, the present will be the past. You know, we have to be more

the power of patience

Don’t you just love it when people say something like, “Cheer up, you haven’t got it so bad” or “Don’t worry, you are learning from your mistakes”? This is not what you want to hear when having problems or going through trials. Yet, this is just about the way you feel when you first read this passage. I bet every time you have a trial or a test, you say, “Oh joy, another opportunity more

in hope of the glory

This verse says that we have been justified by faith and therefore have peace with God. It is so comforting to know that justification is a finished work, not something that we have to daily strive for. There would not be very much confidence in our lives if we had to daily prove our worthiness to be justified. Many people have a hard time accepting this truth, they just can’t believe that they don’t more

key to understanding

If you were going on a trip to a place that you had never been, you probably would need a map to get there. Just suppose that you stopped by a service station as you were leaving town and picked up a map for the coming journey and as you went along you began to have suspicions that the map was incorrect. Well, not knowing what to do, you decided to follow it anyway, more

commit and forget

Real faith takes time to develop. The more critical the issue, the more faith is exercised and the stronger the faith becomes. As a Christian, we are told that to live a life pleasing to God, our lives must be characterized by faith. Faith is to be the dominant principle in our life if we want a life that exemplifies Christianity and glorifies the Lord. This is why it is so important to start more

between you and me

Life is filled with choices. You make thousands of them each and every day. Some that you make, you are not even aware of, they are almost immediate. For example, the choice to wake up in the morning is automatic, the choice to get up takes some will power. Most of our choices don’t have too many consequences if we make the wrong decision nor do they require too much consideration. But, there are more

the unspeakable gift

This is the time of the year when everyone is in the holiday spirit. People are giving and receiving gifts, families are getting together for celebration feasts and the kids are eagerly looking forward to waking to find out if they have been naughty or nice. What is all of this about? It is the season to celebrate, the time to praise God for His gift unspeakable. The time to let the world know more

the day before christmas

That day started out just like any other day. There was the business of getting the morning breakfast, getting the flock to water and then on to the feeding pastures. There were sheep that needed special care due to sickness or accident. Not much had changed over the years, times came and times went, yet the shepherd business was the same day after day. As the day closed, there was the gathering and the more

set apart

This, you will recognize, is part of the prayer that Jesus prayed. It is the prayer that He prayed for His disciples and all those who would later come to be His followers. This includes every born again saint from that time till now. Praise the Lord, that means it is a prayer that Jesus prayed for me. I am the beneficiary of this prayer and so are you if you are a born more

every promise in the book is mine

The Bible is filled with promises, promises of victory, promises of blessing, promises of peace, promises of prosperity, promises of health, you name it, and if it is good, then the Bible has a promise for it. Now some people will try to justify the fact that they are not experiencing these blessings by saying that these were written to the Jews, the chosen of God, or that these were Old Testament promises and more