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Ruth: Following Through Tragedy; Leading to Peace

This week we started to continue our series earlier this year in which we studied the lives of six Biblical characters and how they followed God through different circumstances of their lives. The continuation of the series looks at the same six people and how their willingness to follow God through circumstance gave them the...

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Love Never Fails

The first three words of I Corinthians 13:8 end our series on God’s character and our identity as a church. Paul writes, “Love never fails.” The words are exciting and comforting, but they should also bring us a joy that comes from realizing that God will accomplish His purpose in our lives. A more descriptive translation...

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Love . . . All Things

The Apostle Paul wrote that love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Many translations have changed “all things” to always. Always sounds good, but the truth is, I believe it changes the entire meaning of the statement. Always is a statement of time, a vague statement at that. Have...

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God is Glad!

I Corinthians 13:6 says Love “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.” The Greek word translated first as rejoice is chairo which means “to rejoice, be glad, thrive”. As I was studying this week I could not get away from two questions, what makes me glad and what makes God glad? What is...

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God Is Not Proud

In his detailed description of love in I Corinthians 13 Paul moves from telling us that love is patient and kind to telling us what love is not. “Love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek it’s own, is not provoked, thinks no...

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The Kindness of God

I Corinthians 13:4 says “Love suffers long and is kind.” There is a correlation between patience and kindness, they work with each other, almost for each other. It is nearly impossible to be patient out of obligation, out of fear or selfishness, guilt or ambition. Patience is one of those things that does not appear...

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“Love Suffers Long”

One of God’s greatest attributes is that He is longsuffering. He announced this to Moses in Exodus 34 and then simply proved it over and over through Scripture and His activity in each of our lives. Longsuffering is much more than being willing to wait, John Reisinger writes, “Longsuffering is the ability to endure everything...

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Endure to Prevail

When Jesus first introduced the church in Matthew 16:18 He also made us three promises about the church. The church would be built by Him; the church would belong to Him and the church would not be overcome by the power of hell. These promises are for the Body of Christ at large, but I...

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God is for us!

There are times in our lives in which God creates opportunities for us to trust and depend upon Him in greater measures than ever before. The difficulty we face during these times is that they often appear to us as times of difficulty or even despair. I believe that Elijah endured situations just like this. After announcing...

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Fasting for Hunger

Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Spiritual hunger is something that we have to take an active part in. It is not a gift that is simply given by God, but rather it is a gift that we must take part in, one that we...