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Enjoying Life: A Gift from God

Photo by Joao Branco on UnsplashSo many times, we allow ourselves to become frustrated and overwhelmed by life’ “requirments.”  As the Teacher of Ecclesiastes reminds us, enjoying life is a gift from God! Scripture:        Ecclesiastes, chapters. 4-6; Psalm 18; Ephesians, chapter 3 Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 (NLT): Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!  The more you have, the more people come […]

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Cain’s Banishment: Who Was the “Whoever” Cain Thought Might Kill Him?

Photo by John Fowler on Unsplash.  God said, “You will be a wanderer and a drifter on the earth” (Genesis 4:12).Yesterday, we looked at the story of Cain and Abel, and how God was working even in that horrible situation (“The Story of Cain and Abel: What You Should Know“). Today, we look at Cain’s punishment, and what it tells us about our relationship with God. Genesis 4:8-17 (NASB) Cain […]

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The Story of Cain and Abel: What You Should Know

Photo by yang miao on Unsplash.  In God’s family, all violence is “brother on brother!”We all know the core of the story of Cain and Abel: Abel’s offering to the Lord was accepted, Cain’s was not, and Cain responded by killing Abel.  But if that’s all that the story says to us, it doesn’t say much, does it?   So what else is there in this story that might instruct us? […]

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God’s Masterpiece | Rick Rice

Water Lilies, Claude Monet. Public domainThe word “masterpiece” often causes us to think of great works of art.  But Ephesians 2 tells us that we are God’s masterpiece! Scripture:        Ecclesiastes, chapters 1-3; Psalm 45; Ephesians, chapter 2 Ephesians 2:1-10 (NLT): Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil – the […]

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Going Up to Heaven and Coming Down

Photo by Davide Cantelli on Unsplash“Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down?” (Proverbs 30:4).  No one – which demonstrates God’s power! Scripture:        Proverbs, chapters 30-31; Psalm 33; Ephesians, chapter 1 Proverbs 30:4 (NLT): Who but God goes up to heaven and comes back down? Who holds the wind in his fists? Who wraps up the oceans in his cloak? Who has created the whole wide world? […]

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Is It Okay to Pray for Your Team to Win?

Photo by Pascal Swier on UnsplashI graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1984.  As an alumnus, I am very interested in the Fighting Irish sports teams.  Lou Holtz, who coached at Notre Dame from 1986-1996, once said:  “Now I know you’re going to say God doesn’t care who wins. I say that’s true, but I believe His Mother does. I firmly believe that this school has been blessed. When […]

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Don’t Think You Know It All!

Photo by Patrick Fore on UnsplashWe can easily find information of all types online. That ease may deceive us into thinking that we “know it all” – a belief that can lead to pride.  Instead, Scripture calls us to really love each other – and “don’t think that we know it all!” Scripture:        Proverbs, chapters 16-18; Romans, chapter 12 Romans 12:9-18 (NLT): Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love […]

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What Happens at Pentecost? | Rick Rice

Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash  “What Happens at Pentecost?” Pentecost is an important holiday on the Christian calendar. It celebrates the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise of the Holy Spirit to his disciples. However, it is also relatively unknown outside the Church, and often neglected within the Church.  So why is Pentecost important?  To answer that question, I’ll first discuss what happened at Pentecost. Then, I’ll look at what […]

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How Does the Holy Spirit Help the Disciples?

credit: Pixabay“How Does the Holy Spirit Help the Apostles?” In my first article on the subject of Pentecost, I considered the question, “What Happens at Pentecost?” In this article, I’ll look at a different question: “How does the Holy Spirit help the apostles?” Answering that question will help us to better understand how the Holy Spirit helps believers today. “You Will Receive Power” In Acts 1:8, just before he ascended […]

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