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Choose a Side and Take a Stand

Choose a Side and Take a Stand
Each one of us must come to grips with the unchanging fact that our personal responsibilities are actually our personal responsibilities. My dad would always say, “Your mess, your problem!” When a teenage boy doesn’t clean his room and do his laundry, the situation can quickly degrade to the point that his parents are forced to step in. They start to put pressure on him to help direct the actions necessary to rectify the problem before a fumigation company is needed to deal with the pungent odor seeping out from under his door like a “green fog o’ death.”  When we love our children we want and desire that they grow up and learn to be and live responsibly. It is only a reasonable conclusion that our Heavenly Father desires the same of His children. On a practical level, learning to clean their rooms is a great way for our...
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The Blame Game: The Hard Way or The Harder Way

The Blame Game: The Hard Way or The Harder Way
“Son, we can do this the easy way or the hard way, the choice is up to you!” Never had these words been as true as they were at that moment as I looked up at my father from the wet asphalt of our family driveway. I thought then this would be the day I would throw off the shackles of parental imprisonment and be my own man. Because at the ripe old age of 16, I knew way more than this old man. As water started to soak through my backside I began to replay the moments in my mind when this all went sideways. What we were fighting about was I'm sure, petty, for I can’t remember what it was about anyway. Yet I do recall the moment I took an aggressive move at him after some heated words from both sides. It had never occurred to me...
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The Blame Game: Accepting Responsibility

The Blame Game: Accepting Responsibility
“It’s not my fault!” we have all cried at one time or another, and so for generations the blame shifting continues. We blame the fathers for the sins of the son and the mothers for the sins of the daughter, brother blames brother and so on, all in an attempt to explain away the ungodly actions of our humanity. Here’s the snag gang, our sin is our responsibility to deal with. It is not our upbringing, social or financial status. Sin is however our true fleshly nature that raises its ugly head in an ongoing attempt to rule our thoughts and actions. Our sinful nature does not care about what country or circumstances in which you and I are born or raised, or whether we have money or not. Sin’s only desire is to rule, and it is now high time to wake up and fight for victory. It is...
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Legalism or Realism?

Legalism or Realism?
He was observably upset and, “you’re are being legalistic” were the last words I ever heard from Zachary as he slammed my office door hard enough to break the jam. I sat there for a moment listening to the slamming of the front doors of the church and the screech of tires as he sped away in his wreck of a first car. There was a boisterous conversation of self-doubt racing through my mind.  I sat still asking God if I was wrong. Thoughts of resigning my duties flooded my thoughts then I looked down at my desk, and there it was, eternal, unchangeable truth staring back into my soul. It did not bring me comfort but rather a sense of resolve.  The pages of God’s Holy Word had, for that moment, become heavy, unmovable, and powerfully alive. The verse before me I had shared with him was from 1...
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The Blame Game - Part 1

The Blame Game - Part 1
Humanity has a bizarre and deeply rooted desire to blame others for personal and/or corporate failure. Failure of any size or magnitude. If we can find a way out of our personal responsibility, we will. Why do we have this predisposition?  We can say you and I come by it honestly, we are born with it. It’s part of our sinful nature to blame others for what we know to be wrong, on our part and the part of others, instead of taking responsibility for our own actions or lack thereof. I seem to have the same conversation over and over in my home. It goes like this: “Who left out the peanut butter?” followed by an intense carpet bombing of, “Not me!”, “I think is was Ben?”, “I didn't do it!”, and then one of my favorites, “Why do you always blame me?”, to which I want to respond...
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The Wisdom of No

The Wisdom of No
Where to begin?  Let's start by talking about the use of words. Ask yourself this question, do the words I use matter?  The answer should be a resounding yes! Rhetoric is the art of discourse, an art that aims to improve the capability of writers or speakers who attempt to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations. A rhetorical device is a technique an author or speaker uses to convey to the listener or reader a meaning with the goal of persuading him or her toward their perspective, using sentences designed to encourage or provoke a rational argument from an emotional display of a given perspective or action. There is a true art to the creative use of the most powerful and simple of words. These are skill sets we learn as children in our homes, schools and especially on the playground.  A classmate of mine in the...
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He Will Be Worshipped

He Will Be Worshipped
Is it required for Christians to worship God or is it a personal choice? Philippians 2:9-11 reads, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ” It would seem from this passage it’s really not a choice, for anyone. God will be worshiped by you whether you want to or not. God is worthy of our adoration and does command us to worship Him. It seems simple to talk and write about, but how worship practically works out in our lives is not always simple or easy.  At times, choosing to worship God can be one of the...
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Stealing Peace

Stealing Peace
Over and over again in the greetings to the churches, Apostle Paul says, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom. 1:7, 1 Cor. 1:3, 2 Cor. 1:2, Gal. 1:3, Eph. 1:2, Phil. 1:2, Col. 1:2, 1 Thes. 1:1, 2 Thes. 1:2 Philem, 3,).  I have learned through years of observation if something is repeated so much it must be important. Grace is God’s unmerited, undeserved favor, poured out on completely undeserving lives like ours.  In Western Christian theology, grace has been defined, not as a created substance of any kind, but as "the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it", and "the benevolence shown by God toward the human race".  Now, If you’ve not experienced God’s grace , you will never experience God’s peace...
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Until the Whole World Hears

Until the Whole World Hears
As you are worshiping in Salmon, Idaho this morning, somewhere in Kenya Rob, Cindy, Josh and Zack along with the local church missions team are finishing up another Sunday of missions work and church services. They are blessed and they are tired. We have been praying for this trip as a church for months and now they’re there and countless lives are being impacted for the Kingdom of God.  Now if you’re thinking ,“I wish I could have gone!”  Well, you did! We all did! Remember what Paul wrote in his letter to the church in Rome, “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of...
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Wants, Wishes & God's Plan

Wants, Wishes & God's Plan
Have you ever had somebody come up to you and say, “I have been praying for a long time about “this thing” and God just doesn't answer my prayers.”   Maybe they’ve come to a point where they feel like God just doesn't answer any prayers.   The first thing I’d like to mention is that most of us have no idea what it means to be fervent in prayer.  We pray about things once, maybe twice and then get caught up in other things; we then draw the erroneous conclusion that somehow God has failed to listen to our plea.  Now if that's not you, good for you!  That kind of tenacity is no longer the norm in our church culture. Does God answer prayer? Absolutely! It is the Lord’s delight to give us what we ask of Him in prayer. Like David, we should all pray, “O God, hear my...
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