August 16: “The Most Important Choice – With Only Two Options”

7 Minute Read + Scripture readings (If you want to listen to an audio version of today’s blog post, simply go to https://anchor.fm/mattellis1997, or search for “Reflections on Truth” by Matt Ellis wherever you download your favorite podcasts.) Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 7-8Romans 6Jeremiah 44Psalms 20-21 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Romans 6:23 (CSB): “For the […]

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June 20: “The Strange Beauty of Death”

6 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 25Psalms 116Isaiah 52Revelation 22 Today’s Bible Verse(s): Psalm 116:15 (CSB): “The death of his faithful one is valuable in the Lord’s sight.” Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s): The verse that I have chosen for today seems a bit unusual. In fact, it may seem odd. “The […]

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July 28: “Will You Be Missed When You’re Gone?”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings TODAY’S BIBLE READING: 2 Chronicles 21:1–23:21 Romans 11:13-36 Psalm 22:1-18 Proverbs 20:7 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): 2 Chronicles 21:20 (CSB) “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king; he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. He died to no one’s regret and was buried in the city of David but […]

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April 15: “The Prohibition of Murder and the Conquest of Canaan”

9 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Joshua 11:1–12:24 Luke 17:11-37 Psalm 84:1-12 Proverbs 13:5-6 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Joshua 11:15 (CSB): “Just as the LORD had commanded his servant Moses, Moses commanded Joshua. That is what Joshua did, leaving nothing undone of all that the LORD had commanded Moses.” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Periodically, I […]

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April 14: “One Biblical Response to Out-of-Body Experiences”

9 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Joshua 9:3–10:43 Luke 16:19–17:10 Psalm 83:1-18 Proverbs 13:4 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Luke 16:31 (CSB): “But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): I remember a time when I […]

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January 25: “On This Rock I Will Build My Church!”

11 Minute Read + pictures/videos TODAY’S BIBLE READING Genesis 50:1—Exodus 2:10 Matthew 16:13–17:9 Psalm 21:1-13 Proverbs 5:1-6 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Matthew 16:16 (CSB) “Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): This morning, a passage of Scripture came alive … illuminated by the experiences Kim […]

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The Blessing of Being Kicked Out of Eden

As I sit down to write this, my heart is still heavy. Yesterday morning, among the others things that I did as the pastor of Westside Baptist Church, I visited some folks who are a part of our church family. One of the ladies I visited fell recently, broke her hip, and had surgery. As […]

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Radical Christianity

Quite often, we open our Bibles, read a text, look for something to warm our hearts, and then go about our day. But, if we truly read the words that Jesus said, it won’t necessarily warm our hearts. It will radically change the way we think and live. Jesus’ words don’t call us to tweak […]

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Living so that people will miss you

DAILY BIBLE READING:2 Chronicles 21:1–23:21 Romans 11:13-36 Psalm 22:1-18 Proverbs 20:7BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:2 Chronicles 21:20 (CSB) “Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king; he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. He died to one one’s regret and was buried in the city of David but not in the tombs of the kings.”REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):Our […]

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Life and death

DAILY BIBLE READING:1 Kings 2:1–3:2 Acts 5:1-42 Psalm 125:1-5 Proverbs 16:25BIBLE VERSE(S) FOR TODAY:Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.”REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):In our Verse for Today, we are reminded that we don’t know enough to live life on our own. We struggle with […]

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