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Fear v. God: Safe with Him

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” (Psalms 46:4-5) Although this psalm is about God’s protection of Jerusalem – keeping his promise under the covenant to […]

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Fear v. God: Yeah, but . . .

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah” (Psalms 46:1-3) What’s the worst that could happen? It’s one […]

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Fear v. God: Safe and Strong

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1) When you’re 18, you might laugh at what used to terrify you when you were 8. And by the time you turn 28, the fears of your 18-year-old self might seem kind of silly, too. What doesn’t change is that there is […]

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Walk This Way: Overcome

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21) Defeat evil. Check. Okay, we’re done. We’ve spent two weeks looking at a list of bullet-point commands that describe what Christians do, what it means – specifically – to walk after Jesus. This last one, though, sounds like something Uncle Ben would […]

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Walk This Way: Feed Your Enemies

“On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ ” (Romans 12:20) Do you really want to make someone pay for hurting you? Make him a sandwich. That’ll show him. Paul mines this wisdom […]

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Walk This Way: Refuse Revenge

“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) God is not asking us to be okay with being treated badly – being insulted, being cheated, taking a beating, having loves ones killed or harmed […]

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Walk This Way: Don’t Earn Conflict

“Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:17-18) Christians are so . . . . How do you think most people would finish that sentence? How about your friends who are not Christians […]

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Hawaii – Serve’s Up!

Hey there! Have you ever been to Hawaii? I have! I’m part of the Living Sacrifice team that recently went to Oahu, Hawaii on a mission trip. Living Sacrifice is a mentoring and discipleship program for young Salvation Army people in the BC Division. It’s rooted in the scripture verse Romans 12:1-2 and we meet [...]

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Walk This Way: Don’t Repay

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.” (Romans 12:17) Ooh. Ouch. Walking like Jesus is sounding weaker and weaker. It’s sounding like the fast lane to doormat-ville, like a guaranteed strategy for getting used and abused and disrespected. Once the bad guys find […]

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Walk This Way: Harmonize

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” (Romans 12:16) Is it just me, or is this verse repeating itself? Is it just me, or is this very saying the same thing more than once? It’s like Paul thought […]

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