March 8: “Stumbling into Sin and Being Restored”

3 Minute Read + Scripture readings Today’s Bible Reading: Exodus 19 Luke 22 Job 37 2 Corinthians 7 Today’s Bible Verse(s): “Simon, Simon, look out. Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” […]

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September 5: “Sharpen the Axe”

4 Minute Read + Scripture readings TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 Psalm 49:1-20 Proverbs 22:20-21 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Ecclesiastes 10:10 (CSB): “If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success.” REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S […]

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June 2: “Jesus’ Love for Restoring Sinners”

14 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: 2 Samuel 19:11–20:13 John 21:1-25 Psalm 120:1-7 Proverbs 16:16-17 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): John 21:17 (CSB): “He asked him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was grieved that he asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know everything; […]

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January 18: “Restoring the Sinner”

6 Minute Read TODAY’S BIBLE READING: Genesis 37:1–38:30 Matthew 12:22-45 Psalm 16:1-11 Proverbs 3:27-32 TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S): Genesis 38:24 (CSB) “About three months later Judah was told, ‘Your daughter-in-law, Tamar, has been acting like a prostitute, and now she is pregnant.’ ‘Bring her out,’ Judah said, ‘and let her be burned to death!’” REFLECTIONS ON […]

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Readily giving what we receive …

The Biblical book of Jonah would be hilarious if it wasn’t so sad. It begins with Jonah’s sinful heart. He brazenly rebelled against his God. God told him to go to Nineveh to preach about impending judgment and Jonah went the opposite direction. So, Jonah received judgment in the second chapter and then grace and […]

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Sin, God’s discipline and restoration

Did you know that there is comfort to be had when, after you sin, God disciplines you? “How is that possible?!” you may ask. Well, it simply shows that God really is your Heavenly Father. It reveals that you really are God’s child and Heaven is really is going to be your eternal home. Because […]

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Getting away with Kim to the Maple Hill Bed and Breakfast

Our church recently sent Kim and me off for a couple of days at a bed and breakfast. I’ve never been to a bed and breakfast (they sounded a little too much like a female or elderly thing) but I was fair game. Things have been more than a little rough for Kim and me, […]

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Biblically responding to those in sin…

First of all, we must begin with our own propensities toward sin. God’s Word tells us that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23) and that includes you and me. That knowledge of ourselves should create a sense of humility in how we respond to others. You see, if I realize my own struggles with sin and […]

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