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A little self-doubt can be a good thing

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Self-doubt is usually seen as a bad thing in today’s society. Every self-help guru, every motivational speaker that I can think of gives advice on becoming self-empowered. The Christian world is in on the act, too, describing God by focusing on scriptures like 2 Corinthians 1:3, “God the Father of all mercies, and the God of all comfort,” and “John 10:11, which says, “God is the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.” 1 John 3:1 says, “The Sovereign God who loves us so much that he calls us his children,” and James 1:17: “The Father who gives only good gifts.” Read More»

God is good ... all the time

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Romans 6:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

29, For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

30, And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

31, What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? Read More»

Apocalyptic worship

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Revelation 5:11-14:

• 5:11, Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,

• 5:12, singing with full voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” Read More»

Social networking

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I started using one of those networking websites a little over a year ago. It’s fun playing games by myself or with friends and it’s fun connecting with colleagues I don’t know too well and getting to know them. One of most pleasant surprises is how easy it is to find and reconnect with old friends! Read More»

Trust the covenant

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Read Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18.

Yitta Schwartz, aged 93, died a couple weeks ago. She left 15 children, 200 grandchildren, and enough great-grandchildren to number over 2,000. She had actually given birth to 18 children, but two were killed in the Holocaust and one in an accident here in the US.

Mrs. Schwartz was of the ultra-orthodox Chasidic Jewish sect. One of the beliefs of the Jewish people is that your immortality lies with your heirs. Read More»

Distracted and harried, and relying on Christ

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OK, so it’s a new year. It seems I should write about resolutions or something, but nothing has come to me — besides, I’m as bad as anyone about breaking them. Then again, I could write about the expectation of what is to come in 2010, but really, no one can know what the year will bring; we just know that God will be there. Read More»

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