During a ski outing in Colorado several years ago, snow had fallen heavily.  I skied into a patch of deep snow late in the day and was instantly buried up to my chest.  I struggled to get out, but my struggling just seemed to make it worse.  As the minutes wore on, I became exhausted. …

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The Bible consistently commands believers to forgive others.  The list of verses is long and useful, and I’ve listed many of them at the bottom of this post.  That said, while God’s command to forgive others is ubiquitous, I am unable to find Christ-followers in Scripture demanding apologies.  I was naturally curious as to why…

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God gifts moms with a built-in sense for the safety of their children. My wife has an eye for safety that is unparalleled…and I have no doubt that her insights have saved our children from utter disaster on many occasions. She truly has earned the title “Chief Risk Officer”! But what happens when this sense…

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Righteous anger is godly, but that that raises the question, “What, exactly, is righteous anger?” Righteous anger is anger that meets all of the following criteria: An an actual sin has taken place A passion for God’s glory is the concern of the person’s anger The anger needs to be righteously expressed An Actual Sin…

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James 4:1-3 “What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?  You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask.  You ask and do not…

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It is commonly known among believers that Christ is sufficient in salvation (justification). But the sufficiency of Christ doesn’t end there.  The sufficiency of Christ continues on throughout the Christian life. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 says, “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be…

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Matthew 7:3  “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4Or how can…

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A question for couples to consider during marital conflict for couples with children is, “what are your top three life priorities?” Potential answers might be: raising our children right maintaining order amidst the chaos having a clean house giving our children every chance to succeed As believers, we know that loving God should be our…

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God made man upright, Ecclesiastes 7:29.  To be upright is to have integrity, to be straight, perfect and righteous.  In the movie Shane (1953), the hero encourages a young man to be “strong and straight” in his life: …when it seems nobody is looking.  God is always present (“omni-present”).  Proverbs 15:3 says, “The eyes of…

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Philippians 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” In these verses, Paul expresses the antidote to selfishness and pride:  considering others more significant than ourselves. Then in…

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