Three Questions Every Christian Should Ask Themselves

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God.” Romans 1:1, NIV “It is impossible to read or to meditate on this letter too much or too well.” So said Martin Luther about the book of Romans. My own recent plunge into Romans brought that home for me. Just wading into the first verse led me into deeper waters of[…]

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Seeing the Invisible: God’s Eternal Power and Divine Nature

“For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made . . .” Romans 1:20 Ever wonder what that means? If they’re invisible qualities, how can they be seen, much less clearly seen? I once challenged the students in my Bible class to think about that. Their homework? Spend at least 15 minutes in nature,[…]

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What do we do after we pray? Stepping it up, stepping in, stepping forward.

“But we prayed to our God and posted a guard . . . “ Nehemiah 4:9 “I’m praying for you.” We hear it from Christian friends. We see it on Facebook when a fellow believer shares about a health problem or about some difficulty they’re going through. “I’m praying for you,” we respond. I’m not dismissing the value of those words. I’m just wondering how many times the words are[…]

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The Devil Made Me Do It–Or Did He?

Dealing With Temptation “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.” James 1:13-14, NIV Temptation. It’s bound to happen to each of us. Again and again, unfortunately. James doesn’t say if we’re tempted. He says when we’re tempted. After[…]

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Finding the target and the bullseye God wants you to aim at

Finding the Bullseye

“‘What shall I do, Lord,’ I asked.” Acts 22:10, NIV I sit on a wooden bench in one of the most beautiful places I’ve known–Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, Illinois. The sun is hot, but here I’ve found a shady, cool spot. The birds are rejoicing. The water is burbling past me as it makes its way over the rocks. Two ducks glide effortlessly by. It’s an ideal place to[…]

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