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Jun 11, 2017

A Heart Problem

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Simon the magician became a believer and was baptized.  He saw something in the apostles that was real, beyond magic, but his conversion had not yet dealt with his unholy ambitions.  He still wanted to be center stage.  He idolized the kind of power at work in the apostles.  He wanted a franchise for himself. 

May 28, 2017

Belief And Practice

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Belief follows practice, and practice follows belief.  We do what we believe, and we become what we do.  There is no believing without doing.  There is no faith without works.  There is a faith that shapes works and a practiced doing that builds faith and shapes character.  Practice changes habits.  It replaces bad habits with

Apr 22, 2017

Thomas’ Faith

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Thomas wanted evidence for his faith, something that he could see with his own eyes, something verifiable.  He was not prepared to believe anything on the testimony of his fellow disciples.  He thought it would be faith if he could see and touch.  Yet, “Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen

Apr 20, 2017

Some Doubted

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Jesus gives room for doubt.  He does not overpower us, leaving no choice.  All of the eleven eventually moved form doubt to faith.  There was a point in which they all doubted.  Jesus showed great patience, and still does, with those who are moving to a settled place of assurance.  He is big enough to

May 28, 2016

The Faith of Demons

By |May 28, 2016|Believe, Christ, Devotionals, Faith, Faithfulness, Father, Obedience|0 Comments

Belief that does not express itself in works is not belief.  Belief is also incompatible with resistance to the divine will.  John Wesley said, “The devils believe and tremble, and are devils still.”  To claim belief while resisting the teachings of Jesus is unbelief.  Resistance to Jesus’ teaching puts us in the company of demons

Oct 26, 2015

God Is At Work

By |Oct 26, 2015|Believe, Christ, Devotionals, Encouragement, Spirit, Trust|0 Comments

Let’s stop wringing our hands over militant Islam, communist China, and all other looming threats.  Our inflammatory rhetoric does not help, neither does our anxiety.  The world’s present problems are primarily theological.  Governments do not have a clue of how to solve theological problems.  Messiah has the answer.  Have we no confidence in the faithfulness

Aug 18, 2015

Live What You Believe

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We should live toward what we really believe.  Belief must be transformed into action.  Good thoughts should become good deeds.  We need to act out what we believe.  The will is required, but willpower is not enough.  We need the Holy Spirit to help us live out what we say we believe.  We need the