Boast in Your Hope

Once, in a chapel lesson, a young ministry student stood up to present his lesson; the topic for the day was “Humility.” After discussing the value of such within the life of the Christian, the young preacher ended by stating, “Humility is so important for a Christian. I should know—no one is humbler than me!” […]

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God is a Missionary

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, […]

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The Lord Who Leaves a Blessing

I remember as a child I once heard the mother of a close friend describe a difficult situation they were enduring as, “discipline from the Lord.” This struck me as odd. Up to that point, I hadn’t considered how the Lord may actually use difficult circumstances in our life to “discipline us.” For me, the […]

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How Can I Get Over the Past?

In preparing for my sermon this past Sunday, I ran across a quote from Kyle Snodgrass in his book Who God Says You Are:“Conversion is an autobiographical revision.” I like that. Wouldn’t it be nice to rewrite the past? What if we could take our most embarrassing moments and reframe them? In the revision, that […]

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The God At The End Of The Road

One of my favorite Old Testament characters is my namesake: Jacob. For many years that wasn’t the case. To me, Jacob was a rascal, a coward, and a liar. It didn’t make sense why God chose to use him to continue the Abrahamic promise—He was a far shot from Abraham! Yet God chose him before […]

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Wonder

The sweetest song ever heard, the softest fluttering of the speckled bird, flower petals, beauty of light’s display, the slow awakening of a dew drenched day tender touch of divine display forever new   The crying of a newborn child, the mother’s hush, gentle and mild A father’s laugh and firm embrace of giggles and […]

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