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Below is a collection of essays that deal with a number of topics.

Oftentimes in my devotionals I'll get a hold of a question or an issue and this is the way I'll hash it out. It's a great way to discover and secure that Biblical bottom line!

Enjoy!



Sanctified Violence - 11/26/2012
Topic(s): lethal force fighting
Scriptures: Numbers 23:19; Joshua 6:20-21, 8:1-2, 24-27; 11:20; 12; Psalm 18:34,39; 44:3; Nehemiah 4:13; Judges 3:1-2; 20:16; 1 Samuel 15:1-3; 23:1-2; Matthew 26:52-54; Luke 22:36-37; Matthew 5:39, 43-48; Luke 6:27-31; Lamentations 3:30; 1 Kings 22:24; Isaiah 50:6; Exodus 23:4; Deuteronomy 23:7; 1 Chronicles 18:12-13; 2 Samuel 23:20-22; Joshua 10:30, 32-39; 11:12-15; Deuteronomy 7:16; 2 Peter 2:12; Ecclesiastes 7:16-18; 2 Corinthians 10:4; 1 Peter 3:15-16; Genesis 14:14-16, 19-20; Ex 17:8-13; Ex 15:3; Judges 3:1-2; Judges 5:10-11; 6:12; 1 Samuel 16:18; Psalm 144:1; Proverbs 21:31

I) Introduction

Alvin York was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the battle during the battle of Chatel-Chehery on October 8, 1918. Initally he hesitated when he received word...

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Why is it Important to Combine Religion with Politics? - 11/28/2012
Topic(s): government politics discipleship
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 9:8; 2 Timothy 3:5

 
A recent article in Newsweek announced how a current study showed a growing number of...

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The Awe Factor of God - 01/27/2013
Topic(s): Creation, Evolution
Scriptures: Rom 1:20

This is one of the videos that goes along with Francis Chan's book Crazy Love. Very, very cool!

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You're Not, You Don't, You Can't and You Won't - 02/01/2013
Topic(s): encouragement inspiration Truth
Scriptures: Ex 15:11; Dt 31:21; 2 Sam 7:16; Prov 23:5; 27:23-24; Ecc 2:16; 3:14; 5:10; 9:15; Psalm 33:11; 37:18; 43:5; 45:6; 72:17; 92:6-8; 100:5; 104:31; 112:1-4; 139:13; Daniel 2:44; Matt 6:19-20; John 2:25; Romans 8:28; 2 Cor 4:18; Eph 2:10, Phil 2:13; 4:8; Col 1:29; 1 Thess 5:16-18; 1 Tim 6:17-19; Jas 1:11; 4:13-16; 1 Pet 1:25; ; Rev 21:4,8

Staying motivated and enthusiastic isn't always easy, especially when you're dealing with a situation that has the power to chip away at your emotional foundation. You wind up rehearsing thoughts that...

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The Discipline of Spiritual Tenacity - 02/23/2013
Topic(s): praying and praying some more
Scriptures: Psalm 46:10; Matthew 21:5-8; Eph 3:20-21; 1 Thess 5:16-18; Jas 1:5-7; 1 John 5:14-15

Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest" devotional for February 22nd was awesome! I took some time this morning to pop open the hood of some of the Scriptures and commentary that reinforced his...

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I Dare You - 03/23/2013
Topic(s): Apologetics
Scriptures: Scriptures

As a Youth Pastor, I was always challenging my students to know what they believed and why. When I aim that same challenge towards myself, I've no trouble coming up with a sound answer and that reply...

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How Do You Tell Someone They're Wrong? - 04/26/2013
Topic(s): Coaching
Scriptures: Genesis 33:19; 34; 35:1; 48:22; Exodus 17:15; 20:24-26; 35:4-35; Leviticus 1-7; Numbers 18:7-8; Deuteronomy 12; 27; Joshua 18:1; 21:13-16; Judges 6:25; 13, 21 1 Samuel 4; 6; 14:35; 16:13 21;6; 14:35; 17:47;18:14; 2 Samuel 7:13; 17:1; 2 Samuel 24:25; 1 Kings 3:4; 5:1-5; 6;12-13; 12:12-20; 16:24; 2 Kings 17:7-23; 1 Chronicles 22:1,8; 2 Chronicles 5; 7:1-3; Ezra 4:1; Nehemiah 13:28; Jeremiah 17:4; John 4

 
Whether you're a coach, a parent, a teacher or a boss, you're inevitably confronted from time to time with having to tell someone they're wrong. Being able to affect a positive change in someone's...

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Is a Relationship With Christ Necessary to Succeed? - 05/22/2013
Topic(s): Success Career Work Life
Scriptures: Dt 32:6; Ps 39:5-6; Prov 6:6-11; 22:29; Ecc 2:10-11; 12:11-13; Matt 6:19-21; 10:29-31; 25:16, 21; Jn 15:5; 19:11; Acts 17:28; Jas 1:17; 2 Thess 3:10; Rev 4:11;

 
Do you need to have a relationship with Christ to make money? No. But do you need a relationship with Christ to succeed? Absolutely!...

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Thomas Jefferson at Ten Years Old - 07/30/2013
Topic(s): Inspiration
Scriptures: 1 Sam 3:1; 17:42; Psalm 139:16; John 16:33; Luke 2:1; 2 Cor 9:8; Eph 2:10; ; Phil 2:12-13; Col 1:28-29

 
Our culture tends to dumb down the expectations put on teens, yet it wasn't that long ago when it was common for young people to be doing extraordinary things, and it was almost expected.

Both Scripture...

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Don't Judge! - 03/27/2014
Topic(s): Discipleshhip
Scriptures:

Matt 18:15; Luke 17:3; Romans 14; Galatians 6:1; 2 Tim 4:2; Jas 5:2


 

Judging is often regarded as a practice that's promoted by legalistic and prideful human beings who can't live up to the standards they use to evaluate others. But those who are legalistic and hypocritical...

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Let's Talk About the Civil War - 05/06/2014
Topic(s): Politics Culture
Scriptures: Genesis 1:27; Rom 10:12-13; Gal 3:26-29

The Civil War reduced the overall population of the United States by 2%. It was an epic battle fought over how a human being was to be defined. Understanding the core issue of the Civil War is important...

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It Ain't Just Heaven - 10/11/2014
Topic(s): Salvation
Scriptures:

Is 64:6; Ez 37; John 3:3; 17:3; 5:24; 2 Cor 5:17; Eph 2:1, 4-5; Col 1:29; Gal 3:1-3; 1 Peter 4:11


 

In one sentence or less - what does it mean to be born again? Some process it as something that only comes to bear in a funeral parlor or an emergency room, but it's so much more...

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