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Religion

  • Easter brings a second chance

    The resurrection account of Jesus contains two words that make all the difference in Simon Peter’s life. The women had come to anoint the body of Jesus. They were amazed to find the tomb empty as an angelic being announced Jesus’ resurrection. The two words that make all the difference is “and Peter.”

    “Go tell the disciples ... and Peter” (Mark 16:7).

    Why are these words there? Peter had denied Jesus in the hour of testing and needed to be encouraged. He needed a new beginning and a second chance.

  • Those who hope in God will soar

    They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31.

    Those who hope in the Lord … will soar … like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint. Let’s look at each.

    Soaring: Birds have three ways of flying; flapping their wings to counteract gravity. This isn’t particularly graceful and it’s a lot of work.

  • God’s favor can change everything for you

    “Now the king was attracted to Esther more than any of the other women, and she won his favor” Esther 2:17.

    One moment of God’s favor can change everything. If you want God’s favor in your life, study the life of Esther.

    1. She prepared herself. “Before a girl’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete 12 months of beauty treatments” Esther 2:12. Study. Preparation. Discipline. Those who pay the price to succeed aren’t lucky, they’re rewarded.

  • Attitude is everything

    One way to having a right attitude toward God begins with honoring him on the Lord’s day. “On the first day of the week we came together to break bread...” (Acts 20:7). The writer of Hebrews says, “Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing ...” (Hebrews 10:25).

    Some Christians today give up meeting together, but not for the same reason as the early Christians. No one persecutes us today for getting together. Most of the time our reason is that we have too many irons in the fire.

  • I want to do good, but I do bad

    The same wind that blew in your back on your way to hell, will blow in your face on your way to heaven. After the initial well-being, saved and accepted in the family of Christ, you find yourself assailed by thoughts and forces you thought were no longer part of your life.

  • I want to do good, but I do bad

    The same wind that blew in your back on your way to hell, will blow in your face on your way to heaven. After the initial well-being, saved and accepted in the family of Christ, you find yourself assailed by thoughts and forces you thought were no longer part of your life.

  • I want to do good, but I do bad

    The same wind that blew in your back on your way to hell, will blow in your face on your way to heaven. After the initial well-being, saved and accepted in the family of Christ, you find yourself assailed by thoughts and forces you thought were no longer part of your life.

  • Christ's death make everything possible

    The Sunday school teacher was checking her students’ knowledge of Proverbs. She asked, “Cleanliness is next to what?” A small boy replied, “Impossible.”

    Sometimes cleanliness does seem nearly impossible. Why? Because sin is so strong and never-ending. Once we are cleansed from sin, it comes right back to tempt us again. It is very hard to overcome some sins such as greed, lust, ill will, anger and gossip.

  • Being Christ like is our best ambition

    We have an effect on one another, good or bad. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). We sharpen or dull one another. Our influence in another’s life is positive or negative and either building up or tearing down.

    The disciples are an example of how Jesus rubbed off on them. “They acknowledged them as men who had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Paul said, “Follow my example as I follow Christ” (I Corinthians 11:1).

  • Lincoln took inspiration from the Bible

    The faith of Abraham Lincoln is best expressed in the phrase he coined, “one nation under God.” He was inspired by the Bible and by God’s direction in his life and the country’s life.

    God is mentioned in many of Lincoln’s speeches. In 1861 when Lincoln left Springfield for Washington, he said at the train depot, “Without the assistance of that Divine Being ... I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail.”