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Put Your Jesus Glasses On

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” – 1 Peter 5:8-9 Although we live in a world with many competing thoughts and philosophies, we must recognize that what the world calls a big deal is not always a big deal to God. So often, what we think is not a big deal is actually a huge deal to God. Are you familiar with the famous parable about the sheep and the goats? It says, “For the Son of Man will come back and He’ll sit on His glorious throne, and all the nations will be gathered around, and He’ll separate them into two groups, sheep and goats.” To those on His

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Money is the Ruler

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” – 1 Timothy 6:10 Money reigns supreme in this world’s kingdom. We dwell in the Kingdom of God, but we also have a parallel existence on earth, which means we require financial resources to survive. Whether you’re affluent, poor, or somewhere in the center, you probably think about and discuss money daily! This is why the Bible devotes so much attention to the subject of money. Money is the substance of pleasure and power in the world because it pays our bills and feeds us. Money, whether you like it or not, is a tremendous force that can destroy families, partnerships, and dreams. For fear of not having enough, many of us stay in dead-end jobs, allowing the things that God

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Sitting Down With Sinners

“While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.” – Matthew 9:10 For the past few days, we’ve talked about three types of “untouchables” whom Jesus readily touched — lepers, Samaritans, and Pharisees — and what His actions teach us about extending love to the least deserving in our lives. Today, I want to examine the fourth and final group of outcasts our Savior welcomed, and that is tax collectors and sinners. Perhaps the most shocking of all, these were the gang members, derelicts, and drug addicts of the day — the kind we would be afraid to go near. They were also the robbers and crooks; the type who were known to have no regard for the people who tried to do right by God and their fellow man. In fact, tax collectors were considered the worst

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