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Who Do You Want Released?

Who Do You Want Released?

“You have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber. (John 18:39-40) Release can bring...

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Out-Loving, Out-Serving, Outstanding

Out-Loving, Out-Serving, Outstanding

Loving is serving, but not all serving is loving. The motives behind serving determines whether or not it is loving. My wife and I recently participated in a small group study discussion on dating and marriage relationships. As each person shared his or her thoughts...

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Freedom from the Porch of Weakness

Freedom from the Porch of Weakness

“Do you want to be well?” What? Do I want to be well? I bristled at the question. What kind of insensitive thing is that to ask of someone in my condition? Who did this stranger think he is? He does not know me—why would he presume there was something wrong with me!...

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What Happened Before Time Began?

What Happened Before Time Began?

Do you ever wonder what happened before time began? What went on before God created the universe as we know it? The Bible narrative begins with, “In the beginning,” so it stands to reason something happened before that starting point. Aside from the ever-crumbling...

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Living up to Your Potential

Living up to Your Potential

I could have stopped the building from crumbling, kept him from dying a horrible, crushing, embarrassing death. With my power, I could have helped my human assignment escape his disastrous predicament. If only he would have fulfilled his potential. I am accustomed to...

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At Peace with Your Enemies

At Peace with Your Enemies

When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7). We all desire more peace in our lives. After all, who wants daily doses of drama, discord, and discontentment? Additionally, no one wants enemies much less the...

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God Wants to be Pursued!

God Wants to be Pursued!

Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. (Jeremiah 24:7) God wants to be pursued! To set the stage of this love affair, consider the enduring...

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God’s Personal Calling and Selection

God’s Personal Calling and Selection

The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29) "I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV) God's calling and purpose reach people in every status, stage, and walk of life. God calls the Unqualified, Poor, and Uneducated We...

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