Category Archives: pleasing self

Filthy Rags

18 “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do … Continue reading

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Mother Teresa Explains Humility

“But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant.” Luke 22:26, NLT Jesus Christ turned everything upside down. I know of no … Continue reading

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Loving Others (Like Jesus Loved Us)

  ““A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”” – John 13:34-35 What … Continue reading

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Dying is Part of Living

“We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” Romans 6:6, NLT “There are two things which the Church needs: more … Continue reading

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Our Salvation Is Quite Sure

My favorite of all the apostles is John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” I love his Gospel, and the three epistles that he wrote, and of course,  Revelation. There are a couple of things I love about John’s writings: He … Continue reading

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Like Well-Watered Gardens: Isaiah 58

  “Feed the hungry,     and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness,     and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. 11 The Lord will guide you continually,     giving you water when you … Continue reading

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Frozen

 “Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13, ESV Remember “Mr. Freeze?” (Not the rapper, but the supervillain.) He was a DC Comics … Continue reading

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