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Posted on December 8, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

A Reason for Every "Ouch!"

By Skip Heitzig

Ouch is a common expression of pain. It announces to the world that you're experiencing some sort of suffering. And when you experience suffering, you typically think about little else but your pain and how to get rid of it. But I want suggest to you that there's a very real purpose and reason for the suffering you experience.


Let's read Peter's words to persecuted, suffering believers in

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Posted on December 1, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

In Jesus' Name

By Skip Heitzig

Some of the most important keys of communicating with God are found in John 14: "Whatever you ask in My name," Jesus said, "that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it" (vv. 13-14). In speaking these words, Jesus opened the possibility of prayer very wide while also balancing it with certain boundaries.

Sometimes we think that all we have to do is pray in J...

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Posted on November 25, 2017 at 1:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Winning the War with Anxiety

By Skip Heitzig

I came across an interesting diet plan called the Stress Diet. For breakfast: half a grapefruit, one piece of whole wheat toast, and eight ounces of skim milk. For lunch: a four-ounce lean boiled chicken breast, one cup of steamed zucchini, one Oreo cookie, and herb tea. For a midafternoon snack: the rest of the package of Oreo cookies. For dinner: two loaves of garlic bread, a large mushroom and pepperoni pizza, a larg...

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Posted on November 17, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Wholly Dedicated

By Skip Heitzig

I'd bet that Leviticus probably isn't in your top five favorite books of the Bible, is it? It's packed full of regulations and messy, bloody rituals. But even though the practices of this book no longer have any bearing on us under the new covenant, its principles are still applicable. Today I want to look at part of the ordination service of Aaron and his sons, the first priests of Israel. I think we can learn a lot from it about ...

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Posted on November 10, 2017 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Living Right

By Skip Heitzig

In this broken and fallen world, how are you going to live? Will you dedicate yourself to living right? To live right is to live in a way that lines up with the will of God, which sometimes means having to put away what feels good and decide on something far less glamorous. From John 12, let's look at three components of living right: the right pursuit, the right provision, and the right priorities.

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Posted on November 3, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Born on a Battlefield

By Skip Heitzig

I didn't like getting in fights as a kid. I got in few of them, but I didn't like it. I did, however, have an older brother named Bob (one of three others) who was handy to have around. Though I'm pretty tall (I turned out to be 6' 5"), my brother was a Goliath at 6' 8".So when I was in my formative years, not quite 6' 5" yet, I loved it when I could know that Bob was close by, ready to fight for me if need be.

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Posted on October 27, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

An Apostolic Boxing Match

By Skip Heitzig

How should a Christian handle conflict? What should a believer do when it comes to criticism? In short, how do you get people to disagree agreeably?

The final paragraph of Acts 15 gives us some insight into that. The Bible doesn't flatter its heroes, and I'm glad for that, because we witness a very human moment in this chapter--a boxing match of sorts between two apostles of the earl...

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Posted on October 20, 2017 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The Real Wonder Bread

By Skip Heitzig

I think it's safe to say that we love to eat. One of the biggest industries in the U.S. is the food industry--eateries, restaurants, cafes, bistros. I find it interesting that the Bible, and even Christ Himself, so often used food analogies. Jesus must know that we love to eat!

Well, imagine living off a bread that tastes incredible, makes daily life wonderful, saves you, secures you, ma...

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Posted on October 13, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Lessons in Legacy

 

By Skip Heitzig

Life doesn't come with a warm-up round or a dress rehearsal. You just have to deal with whatever comes at you and make your choices before it's all over. And when it is over, an obituary will be written about you, whether you like it or not. What will it have to say? What kind of a legacy and testimony are you going to leave behind?

In Exodus 2, we see the example of Moses...

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Posted on October 6, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The Future Never Looked Better

By Skip Heitzig

If you were to summarize the way you view your future, what would you say? For the apostle Paul, he would without a doubt cite Philippians 1:21: "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

 

Now, Paul wrote that (and the entire book of Philippians) while a prisoner in Rome. This little motto served as the lens through which he viewed his uncertain future...

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