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Self-Reliance or God-Reliance?

Self-Reliance or God-Reliance?

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard people say, “The Bible says that God won’t give you any more than you can handle.” This is a nice…

The Yoke’s On You!

The Yoke’s On You!

2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV) talks about being unequally yoked—a concept that sounds strange to modern ears. It says: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness…

Speak With Faith, Not With Feelings

Speak With Faith, Not With Feelings

Have you ever known someone who had a divisive personality, and was always switching loyalties back and forth?  What if that same person was sexually immoral, and proud of it?…

Perfect Mission—Imperfect Church

Perfect Mission—Imperfect Church

We Evangelicals often say that we are “Great Commission people.”  We take seriously Jesus’ call to evangelize the world.  Matthew 28:16-20 contains Jesus’ Great Commission to His disciples, reminding them that…

Just Because You Can…

Just Because You Can…

By Greg Smith I turned eighteen years old the June after I graduated high school.  Later that summer, our church’s youth group went on a mission trip to Georgia.  One…

Book of Virtues

Book of Virtues

 By Greg Smith On my bookshelf at home, there’s a book called The Children’s Book of Virtues, by William J. Bennett.  Inside are stories from Greek mythology, Native American legend, folktales…

Send Me

Send Me

In Matthew 23:37, Jesus expresses how dangerous it is to be a prophet of God.  He cries out to the city of God: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the…

Obedience

Obedience

By Greg Smith “Obedience” is one of those words that we don’t like to hear, when it’s applied to ourselves.  Oh, we parents like to use it, when we’re telling…

Stepping on Toes

Stepping on Toes

By Greg Smith Within the Baptist tradition (from which I come), “stepping on toes” is when a preacher intentionally calls people’s sins or faults to their own attention, in the…

God Appointed a “Worm

God Appointed a “Worm

I love the peaceful words of Jesus that we find in Matthew 28-30.*  They have given hope to billions of believers since the Lord first spoke them.  In times of…