• Personal Response to Our Role

    | Aug 06, 2018
    Since God has called us to be His salt-and-light servants in a bland, dark society, it will be necessary for us to commit ourselves to the task before us. Remember, salt must not lose its taste, and light must not be hidden.
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  • The Light of the World

    | Aug 05, 2018
    Does it seem important to you that Christ calls us what He called Himself? "I am the Light of the world" (John 8:12). "You are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14). Servants of Christ shine with His light in a society that is hopelessly lost.
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  • The Salt of the Earth, Part 2

    | Aug 04, 2018
    Jesus says that believers are "salt to the world" (Matthew 5:13 NEB). Our very presence halts corruption . . . and preserves society. Salt is also a healing agent. And it creates a thirst. It adds flavor.
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  • The Salt of the Earth, Part 1

    | Aug 03, 2018
    Ever smelled old, rotten meat? Remember forgetting for several weeks something you put in the refrigerator? There is an odor that accompanies decay that's like nothing else.
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  • A Critical Appraisal of Our Times

    | Aug 02, 2018
    Need a picture of just how hopeless and empty society really is? Just glance over 2 Timothy 3. Within the first thirteen verses, I find three undeniable descriptions of our world: difficult, depraved, and deceived.
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  • The Keeper of the Spring

    | Aug 01, 2018
    The late Peter Marshall, an eloquent speaker and for several years the chaplain of the United States Senate, used to love to tell the story of "The Keeper of the Spring,"1 a quiet forest dweller who lived high above an Austrian village.
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  • The Influence of a Servant

    | Jul 31, 2018
    Ours is a tough, rugged, wicked world. Aggression, rebellion, violence, cutthroat competition, and retaliation abound. . . . What is true in the secret council chambers of nations is also true behind closed doors of homes.
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  • Jesus' Portrait of a Servant

    | Jul 30, 2018
    Shortly before her death in February 1971, my mother did an oil painting for me. It has become a silent "friend" of mine, a mute yet eloquent expression of my calling. It is a picture of a shepherd with his sheep.
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  • Spurgeon's Channel of Encouragement

    | Jul 29, 2018
    Charles Haddon Spurgeon remains one of the most colorful and gifted preachers in the history of the church. Any man who loves to preach and desires to cultivate the art and skill of communication must study Spurgeon.
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  • Persecution and Blessing?

    | Jul 28, 2018
    Do you usually associate persecution with blessing? Jesus did. "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness." I don't know how this strikes you, but it seems misplaced at first glance.
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  • I Know a Peacemaker

    | Jul 27, 2018
    A man I have admired for decades, the man who taught me Hebrew in seminary many years ago, is Dr. Bruce Waltke. He is not only a Semitic scholar par-excellence, he is a gracious servant of our Lord.
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  • The Peacemakers

    | Jul 26, 2018
    "Blessed are the peacemakers," . . . Interestingly, this is the only time in all the New Testament that the Greek term translated "peacemakers" appears. Maybe it will help us understand the meaning by pointing out first what it does not mean.
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  • Masks

    | Jul 25, 2018
    Let me urge you today to become, as Jesus said, "pure in heart" (Matthew 5:8). Think about what it would mean, what changes you would have to make, what habits you'd have to break.
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  • The Pure in Heart

    | Jul 24, 2018
    When Jesus spoke of being "pure in heart" (Matthew 5:8), He emphasized the inner person . . . the motive . . . the "heart." The phrase does not refer simply to doing the right things but doing the right things for the right reason.
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  • Mercy Is More Than Words

    | Jul 23, 2018
    Shocking stories make headlines today with remarkable regularity. A young woman was brutally attacked as she returned to her apartment late one night. She screamed and shrieked as she fought for her life.
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  • Ministry to the Miserable

    | Jul 22, 2018
    You don't run through an art gallery; you walk very slowly. You often stop, study the treasured works of art, and take time to appreciate what has been painted. You examine the texture, the technique, . . .
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  • Rewards for Being Different

    | Jul 21, 2018
    For the past few days, we have observed the promises Jesus made in "The Beatitudes." We are only halfway through the list, but it's a good place to stop and summarize what we have seen in this inspired portrait thus far.
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  • A Promise for "Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness"

    | Jul 20, 2018
    The true servant of God possesses an insatiable appetite for what is right, a passionate drive for justice. Spiritually speaking, the servant is engaged in a pursuit of God . . . a hot, restless, eager longing to walk with Him.
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  • A Promise for "The Gentle"

    | Jul 19, 2018
    What comes to mind as you read Jesus's words, "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5)? Truth be told, we may get a false first impression. We may think, Blessed are the weak for they shall become doormats.
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  • A Promise for "Those Who Mourn"

    | Jul 18, 2018
    I remember an incident many years ago when a man in our church fell while taking a shower. As he slipped on the slick floor, he fell against a sheet of glass with all his weight.
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