Covenant, Contract, or Law?

I’m sure you’ve heard the term covenant ** in the Bible. God made a covenant with Noah, vowing that He would never again destroy the world by flood. God made a covenant with Abram, and his descendants became the people of Israel. Nowadays, the most common covenant is made in marriage. It’s not a contract,…

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Oh, The Vows We Make!

Have you ever seen a behavior pattern in your life that you can’t understand? ·         Why do I act like that? ·         Why did I say that . . . again? ·         Why can’t I break this bad habit? If you notice things like this in you or someone else, you may have taken an…

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Curses and Demons and Vows, Oh My!

As a teenager, I was in my church’s touring youth choir. One balmy night in Arizona most of the girls gathered in a motel room to pray together. It all started going south when someone declared a demon was present, and soon a bunch of nearly hysterical

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Do You Need a Tree Surgeon?

Cursing goes on all the time – we just don’t realize it. We hear negative things and even say them about ourselves and they become word curses. Our souls can agree with them so that we eventually become the thing that’s been said.   Current cursing is bad enough, but we can also get stuck in…

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“As the Twig is Bent, so Grows the Tree”

Iniquity – what a weird word. What could this Old Testament term possibly have to do with modern folks? Plenty! In simplest terms, iniquity means bent. Literally, it means crookedness, perverseness, or moral distortion. I’m sure you’ll agree we see plenty of that today! Whole families can suffer the effects of what becomes generational iniquity.…

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It Runs in my Family!

“Don’t ever argue with a redhead! My mother had the same hot temper as me.” “Yeah, and us Scottish folks are so cheap! You think I want to drive this old clunker?” “Well, what about the Irish? You can’t blame me for

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Inside Looking Around

We shouldn’t be like a bag of marbles, always separate and untouched by our brethren. We should be like a bag of grapes, being bruised and squished together and not afraid to let our messes be seen. The above is a bad paraphrase of a quote I read many years ago. It refers to the…

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Outside Looking In

The church is full of hypocrites! Ever felt that way? Ever heard someone use it as an excuse for avoiding Christianity? Yeah, me, too. Both. Nothing new about hypocrisy—it’s been around forever. You remember the Pharisees. Jesus said they strained out a gnat but swallowed a camel. (Matt 23:24) In other words, they majored on…

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Inside Looking Out

Imagine having all the air sucked out of the room and then replaced with . . . something else. That’s pretty much what Jesus did. He blew away the

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Get Hold of Yourself!

SLAP! “Thanks, I needed that”. And the previously hysterical character gets hold of herself and is able to think clearly. Of course, in real life, she would have hit back or burst into tears! If we have all the other fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, longsuffering/patience, kindness, goodness/integrity, faithfulness, and gentleness/humility) but don’t…

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