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Finally… The Day of Pentecost!

Dear Son-Shiner, Greetings, blessings, and welcome to Summer—a good time to get out and share the Word of God with people. This year, the Christian calendar celebrates Pentecost on June 9, the seventh Sunday after Easter. The monumental significance of what happened that particular day, as described in Acts 2, cannot be overstated. The record begins with the words, “And …

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“What Are You, NUTS?!”

The above quote was spoken by a cowardly French pea Israeli soldier in the classic Veggietales episode titled Dave And the Giant Pickle. He thought little French pea Dave was crazy to take on the giant briny cucumber. For his part, the courageous biblical David was simply doing “what came naturally” in his trusting relationship with his God. It was …

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The Greatest ROCK STAR of All Time

Hey, it’s Spring! That means SUNSHINE and probably more time outdoors in warmer weather. You might even go rock climbing, or do some star gazing. The greatest “rock star” ever? Hm-m. Buddy? Elvis? Fats? Aretha? Mick? The Beatles? Your teenage son and his garage band? Nope, it’s JESUS CHRIST! How so? Well, as The Chip off The Really Old Block, …

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The God of HOPE is Also The God of PROMISE

Dear Hopeful One, Twenty centuries ago this month, GOD was very pumped! Why? Because, about 4000 years into His plan of redeeming mankind to live with Him forever in Paradise, the Creator of the universe was about to reach His intermediate goal of…THE BABY!!!—His precious Son, mankind’s only HOPE. How? By keeping the greatest promise He ever made (Gen. 3:15), …

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True Christianity is Simply About Being in Love

I’m assuming you are MORE THAN SATISFIED, as that word means “content” and/or “convinced.” Those are fine qualities, but I hope you are ON FIRE. And we all know what a raging conflagration does—it spreads! It catches on to anything close to it that also has the potential to burn brightly. If you are married, I hope you are still …

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“Maybe, Just Maybe, God Can…”

First of all, JOYOUS NEW YEAR!!! PerHAPS this year some bad things will HAPpen to you. In fact, you will most likely have some misHAPS and therefore may not always be “HAPpy,” but manifesting THE JOY OF THE LORD is our choice, no matter the circumstances. When we launched The Living Truth Fellowship in early 2010, we very specifically chose …

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How’s Your Fruit Account

God bless you SUPER-abundantly! The main “takeaway” truth from this last letter of 2018 is expressed in the following verse, which debunks today’s independent, self-made-man mindset so prevalent in our western culture and orients us to our Heavenly Father as the source of all good things (Ps. 84:11). 1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What …

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Some Keys To Spiritual Perseverance

That appellation sounds good, but what exactly does “stalwart” mean? Good question. “Strongly built; sturdy and robust; strong and brave; valiant; firm, steadfast, uncompromising.” Plenty of verses in God’s wonderful Word support those definitions as to who He has made you to be as His child and a minister in the Body of Christ. Yeah, I know, now all we gotta do is live …

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The Path We Have Chosen

“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” is a great song. Lately I’ve been thinking about what it means that you and I have chosen to walk the path of following our Lord Jesus wherever he leads us—and also how much he appreciates whatever efforts we make to do so. After all, the Son of God was tempted in all ways …

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Man, The Image of God: Can An Icon Be Iconoclastic?

This month lets consider what it means to be made in the image of God, an important but controversial topic about which Christians differ greatly in understanding. Grasping its truth will help you see both yourself and others more like God does. The particular English word, “icon,” means “a picture, image, or other representation; a representation of some sacred personage, …