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Sin is pleasurable. Psalm 147:11 The Lord delights in those who fear Him, those who wait for His loving-kindness. Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin. James 4:17 Therefore, to those who know the right thing to do, and does not do […]

You will be hated because of Me. John 15:17 This I command you, that you love one another. John 15:18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. Matthew 10:22 You will be hated by all on account of My name, but it is the one who […]

We all knew it was coming. Many of us shuttered (and shivered) at the thought. January has arrived and brings with it even more than perhaps we expected, especially so soon. As I write this the east coast is bracing for heavy snowfall, followed by more sub-zero or nearly sub-zero temperatures. Here in Central NY, […]

Hold nothing back. Philippians 3:13 I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet, but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead. Isaiah 43:18 Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the […]

When I was in high school, a poster was printed with bold letters declaring “Goodbye California”. The words were imposed over a drawing of the San Andrea’s fault. In small print it had names of famous people and places living or built along the fault line. That fault line runs almost the entire length of […]

Lord, please forgive us. Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the Heavenly places. Acts 3:19 Repent, therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that […]

Many of us carry family Christmas traditions with us. What traditions we had while growing up, some of those perhaps even from long ago past generations. Some traditions center on baking certain sweet delights, some adorn the family Christmas tree. Some traditions have to do with advent calendars or church activities. Families have rituals for […]

Only with God do miracles happen. Trust Him with all your heart. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any person is in Christ, they are a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Ephesians 4:22 In reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self which is […]

Never be ashamed to share the gospel. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Psalm 119:6 Then I shall not be ashamed when I look upon all Thy commandments. 1 […]

We hear lots of jingling these days. Sleigh bells being featured on favorite Christmas holiday songs, Salvation Army jingling from those little hand bells and school concert presentations, even church cantatas. Bells have taken on holiday significance. There are other bells, too. The ringing of church bells. These aren’t heard as much these days. The […]

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