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Misery and Mercy – When Christ Meets Us in Our Affliction

If you study the gospel of Mark, you will quickly realize that Jesus’ presence provoked the Kingdom of Darkness. Jesus preached that the reign of God was now present in Him. In Mark 1, Jesus says, “The time is fulfilled; the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” The good news was that Jesus was invading enemy territory and “plundering the kingdom of Satan.” The reign of God on earth had come in Christ, and it…

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Should Parents Kiss Their Children?

So just yesterday, I was reading a story over at Today.com about an Instagram controversy over a mother kissing her three-year-old son on the lips. According to the story, this is not the first time that a celebrity parent has been criticized for kissing their children. The fact that a mother would be criticized for kissing her toddler on his lips is simply beyond me. To read that some considered her action as “gross” or “harmful” to her son is a…

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My Top 3 Devotional Resources for Studying God’s Word

The devotional study of God’s Word is indispensable for a vibrant Christian life. Today, I want to share my top 3 devotional resources that help me dig deeper into God’s Word with more consistency. After acquiring a good study Bible, check out these resources for yourself and then let me know what resources help you study God’s Word more deeply: The M’Cheyne Reading Plan – The M’Cheyne Reading Plan comes from the work of Robert Murray M’Cheyne. A Scotsman born in the…

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Plan Your Preaching for 2017

About twice a year, I set aside a few days in the week to plan my preaching calendar for the year. In addition to strategic planning, intentional long-term preaching planning provides many benefits for the church and the pastor. First, it assures that a pastor is rightly dividing the Word of God with balance and providing God’s people with the whole counsel of His Word. Pastors have a natural tendency to preach on their favorite topics/passages and avoid more difficult…

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A Prayer for the Discouraged

If you find yourself discouraged today, I encourage you to read and pray through Psalm 86: Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am godly; save your servant, who trusts in you—you are my God. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For…

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