A God Like No Other

A God Like No Other

There is no God like our God, and there are specific reasons why.

"O Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart" (1 Kings 8.23)

Two Types of People

Two Types of People

It's a sobering and important truth. There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who will live eternally in the kingdom of God, and those who will be destroyed for all time in the lake of fire. There is no third alternative. It obviously, then, is the highest priority for every person to choose the better fate. If only every person realized this urgent need and priority.

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Opposition

Opposition

Few things generate as much anxiety as opposition. Someone is at odds with you, whether because of jealousy, resentment, or unseen spiritual warfare. Regardless of the cause or source, it stings and stirs up unpleasant emotions.

An Item of Value

An Item of Value

Estate sales are a big deal where we live. The possessions of those who have died or been moved to a care facility are made available to the public. Often the sale offerings are items of sentimental value to their recent owner, but little material value to prospective buyers. But, shoppers come in hopes of finding at least one item of value.

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The Kingdom

The Kingdom

Visiting the church for the first time, a couple heard a guest speaker that day teach about the kingdom of God. Not being especially convinced of the priority of the kingdom of God message myself, I visited them in their home the next week. Much to my surprise, they were fascinated and intrigued by the message, and had a multitude of questions concerning it. They had discovered the valuable treasure of the kingdom of God, and were instrumental in my discovery of it as well.

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Sexual Indiscretion

Sexual Indiscretion

It seems like an almost daily occurrence to learn of the sexual indiscretion of some well-known male celebrity. The #MeToo movement has facilitated the unleashing of a flood of accusations. A prominent ancient king named David would undoubtedly be singled out by one Bathsheba for such an accusation. Rather than resigning in disgrace, David did that which few men seem to be doing today: confessing and repenting.

Loss

Loss

He was a good friend, and his death hit me hard. As a young pastor, he had often prayed with me, and modeled a passion for prayer and compassion for the lost. Shortly after we moved, we learned of his death. Few things have been as difficult as mourning his loss.

Refuge

Refuge

In what was a legacy of "the Red Scare" of the fifties and sixties, I remember, as a child, seeing brightly-colored signs on certain public buildings with the text, "Fallout Shelter," emblazoned on them. In the event of a nuclear blast, this was a place of refuge.

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Adversity

Adversity

I'll let you in on a little secret: I'm not a big fan of adversity. I much prefer life when things are going well and relatively trouble-free. But, as you full well know, life doesn't always go that way.

"Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" (Job 2.10)

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