Restrained Freedom

Western society assumes the right of the individual to choose. As the moral fabric of society decays, that choice extends beyond the bounds of morality. Growing waves of unfettered “freedom” ultimately create strong rip currents that erode the foundations of society....
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God Stops Evil

“Why does God allow evil?” This question commonly challenges the goodness of God, particularly from those looking for a reason to ignore God. Taking into consideration man’s rebellion against God, the perfect holiness of God, and God’s righteous justice...
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The Safe Place

Last night the lightning flashes and simultaneous thunder claps stirred the fears of my daughters. My assurances of their safety consoled them enough to stay in bed and sleep. They trusted my words that they were in their safe place. Everyone needs a safe place. Sometimes that...
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Rootless

As a seven or eight year old I experienced an unforgettable week one summer at my grandparent’s home in Rush, Ohio. My grandfather pastored a country church and two cousins and I spent the week at the parsonage so we could go to VBS together. Of course, VBS took only a few...
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The Invitation

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV) The Son’s...
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Rest Revealed

Sin blinds people to the need of a Savior. The knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ illuminates the grossness of sin, the rebellion against God, and the eternal damnation due every person. As that truth grips a person by the grace of God and turns them to...
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God’s Disclosure, Your Rest

Attempting to handle life on our own burdens and wearies the soul. “I got this” often is our motto. We have been self-deceived into thinking we can right our sinking ships and handle the overwhelming flood of life in our own strength. Instead of accepting the loving...
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Rest Offered

What creates turmoil in the soul, noise that drowns out all peace, burdens that destroy people? Jesus identifies unyielding unbelief as the cause. And in Matthew 11:25-30 He describes and offers the cure. This passage reveals three truths leading the reader to understand the cure...
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What About . . .

Did you know that your own personal Santa Claus dwells within your flesh? It is the part of you that hears truth applied, wraps in it a nice package and sticks it in a gigantic red sack to generously dole out to others. (Picture from this message by Albert Martin.) Peter captures...
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Unworthiness Confirmed

God’s abundant blessings magnify His power to the point of our own humiliation. Luke records one of Peter’s statements no other gospel writer captures. True to Peter’s personality, his words reveal his emotion at Jesus’ provision. Earlier in the passage...
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