Category Archives: discipline

A Generous Vine

“The most generous vine, if not pruned, runs out into many superfluous stems and grows at last weak and fruitless: so doth the best man if he be not cut short in his desires, and pruned with afflictions.” –Joseph Hall … Continue reading

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Cities Without Walls

“A man without self-control     is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28 The writer of Proverbs can be blunt. He makes the cold observation that people can often be like a city that has no walls. … Continue reading

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Our View From the Tree

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, … Continue reading

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When You Need to Cover Nakedness

“And don’t build an altar that requires steps; you might expose yourself when you climb up”. Exodus 20:26 “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 … Continue reading

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A Towel, Not a Title

“Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his … Continue reading

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Can You Say No? [Getting Negative]

11 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” Titus 2:11-12 My life runs better when I learn … Continue reading

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Making Time Count, [Five Minutes]

“There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.” Genesis 12:8, NIV “Serve God by doing common actions in a heavenly spirit, and then, if your daily calling only leaves you cracks and … Continue reading

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