10 Bible Passages to Combat Anxiety

If I am fearful and anxious, it didn’t come from God. Instead, He offers me the mental habits of a confident, happy, peaceful life. 2 Timothy 1:7 (CSB): “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.”   I will pray instead of worrying so that […]

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April 20: “Strength and Courage Come From Trusting the Lord”

5 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Leviticus 24 Psalms 31 Ecclesiastes 7 2 Timothy 3 Today’s Bible Verse(s): “Be strong, and let your heart be courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24 (CSB) Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): When our three sons were much younger, there were […]

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November 26: “Courageous Resolve to Worship God”

5 Minute Read + Scripture readings TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Daniel 2:24–3:30 1 Peter 4:7–5:14 Psalm 119:81-96 Proverbs 28:15-16 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Daniel 3:17-18 (CSB): “If the God we serve exists, then he can rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and he can rescue us from the power of you, the king. But even […]

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September 12: “A Cure for Fear”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Isaiah 10:1–11:16 2 Corinthians 12:11-21 Psalm 56:1-13 Proverbs 23:6-8 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Psalm 56:3–4 (CSB): “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” […]

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April 10: “How to Be Strong and Courageous”

5 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Deuteronomy 34:1—Joshua 2:24 Luke 13:22–14:6 Psalm 79:1-13 Proverbs 12:26 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Joshua 1:6-9 (CSB): “Be strong and courageous, for you will distribute the land I swore to their fathers to give them as an inheritance. Above all, be strong and very courageous to observe carefully the whole instruction […]

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Called to Proclaim Truth

Periodically, I write a post or say something in a sermon or lecture that makes people uncomfortable. Actually, it may happen a little more frequently than “periodically.” That is a natural result of me doing what God has called me to do. As a pastor and as a truth-teller, I am required to speak God’s […]

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One Remedy for the Fear of Man

To one extent or another, virtually everyone has a fear of mankind. Maybe it shows up as stage-fright. Someone doesn’t want to do something public for fear that they will make a fool of themselves and others will watch and judge and maybe laugh. Maybe it shows up as the fear of stepping out to […]

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How to become a bold Christian

DAILY BIBLE READING:1 Kings 1:1-53 Acts 4:1-37 Psalm 124:1-8 Proverbs 16:24BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:Acts 4:13 “When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus.”REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):The world in which the disciples lived was dangerous. It was […]

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The Gospel, prison, and what it means to the rest of us

In my Bible reading this morning, I couldn’t help but notice the last verse of Colossians. “I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you.” (Colossians 4:18) As I read that, it seemed as if the words “Remember my chains” lifted off the page and demanded my attention. “Remember […]

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Three Habits of the "Strong and Courageous"

Let’s admit it. Even as adults, when we watch an adventure movie or read an action book that has a clear hero or heroine, we find ourselves wanting to be like them. We don’t don superhero capes like we may have done as children. Yet, the point is clear – we want to be the […]

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