February 4: “The Value of a Sincere Heart”

It’s now who we appear to be that matters to God. It’s who we really are. So, we should spend much more time working on our hearts than we do on our actions. If our heart is right, our actions will follow.

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September 4: “A Picture of a Hypocrite”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 281 Corinthians 9Ezekiel 7Psalms 45 Today’s Bible Verse(s): 1 Samuel 28:9–10 (CSB): “But the woman said to him, ‘You surely know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you setting a trap for […]

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May 14: “The Heart of Worship”

7 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: 1 Samuel 15:1–16:23 John 8:1-20 Psalm 110:1-7 Proverbs 15:8-10 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): 1 Samuel 15:22 (CSB): “Then Samuel said: Does the LORD take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? Look: to obey is better than sacrifice, to pay attention is better than the fat […]

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Back Stage vs. Front Stage? Character or Competence?

Last night, I attended a concert with my family. My youngest son, Joseph, had been selected to be first chair in the baritone section and we wanted to show up to celebrate his achievement and listen to some great music. But, while I have sat in an auditorium numerous times to celebrate what my sons […]

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Setting An Example for the Believers

As you read through the New Testament letters that the Apostle Paul wrote, you can’t help but realize that he was pointing them toward holiness. He was continually telling them what to believe and how to act. But, he wasn’t just pointing the way. He was heading in that direction himself. You see, if we […]

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How honest should I be in my prayers?

There are more than a few Christians who are … er … well … um … hypocrites … (ouch, that hurt!) … when it comes to prayer. That sounds harsh but here’s what I’m talking about: Something is going on in the life of a believer and there is obvious inner turmoil in their heart. […]

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"Will the real Jesus please step forward."

Let’s just be blatantly honest with each other for a moment. The reception Jesus received by the Pharisees is not much different than the reception He would receive from many of our churches today. After all, He was constantly pushing the limits as far as the religious folk were concerned. He didn’t fit within their […]

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