Exalting God, Edifying Believers, Evangelizing the Lost

Burping and Other Unseemly Behavior

When I was a child, we were not allowed to burp at the table. My mother continually reminded us that it was rude and that it offended other people. While my two brothers and I were self-controlled in my mother’s presence, we frequently engaged in burping contests when she was out...
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Judging Love by the Heart

There are a lot of people who consider themselves to be loving people based on how much they do for others.  But the real test of love is not just what we DO for others, but what we really THINK of others in our hearts. God does not judge our love based on our actions–He...
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The Greatest Force in the World

What is the greatest force in the world? What is the one thing that when applied makes the greatest change? The answer, of course, is love.  Not the warm, fuzzy emotional love that we see in Hallmark movies and Valentine’s cards.  The love that makes the greatest changes in our...
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Tyranny of the Weak vs. the Law of Christ

As believers, we are free in Christ. There is a common philosophy, though, called the “Tyranny of the Weak,” which states that since our freedom is in Christ, the lack of knowledge of “immature” believers should not affect how we live out our Christian liberty, even if what we do...
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Are You Loving or Doing Business?

Last week, I saw this message written on a chalkboard in my chiropractor’s office: “If you show kindness to someone and expect something in return, that’s called ‘conducting business.’  True love has no expectations of repayment.” That is a great summarization of Jesus’ teaching...
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