Category Archives: Endurance

Put On… (Colossians 3:12-15)

It is said that a tradition sprang up, in the early years of church history, concerning the garments worn following baptism.  The historian Philip Schaff wrote, “During the week following, the neophytes wore white garments as a symbol of purity” … Continue reading

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Spiritual Growth: (#1) Ingredients

The key word in the book of 2 Peter is “knowledge.”  It appears in some form 16 times [knowledge (1:2, 1:3; 1:5; 1:6; 1:8; 2:20; 3:18); know(s) (1:12; 2:9; 3:17); knowing (1:14; 1:20; 3:3); known (1:16; 2:21 x2)].  Value is … Continue reading

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5 Great Things: (#5) The Great Adversary

We come to the final chapter in the book of 1 Peter.  It reminds us that we have a Great Adversary, who seeks to devour us.  Let us notice 1 Peter 5:8-10. “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the … Continue reading

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5 Great Things: (#4) The Great Name

“So they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.  And daily in the temple and in every house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the … Continue reading

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The Testing of One’s Faith

Make no mistake about it.  One’s faith will be tested, and tested again, in this life.  James writes of “the testing of your faith” (James 1:3).  These tests are common to man (1 Corinthians 10:13).  We should not be surprised … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Backsliding

John Bunyan (1628-1688) was a Puritan preacher in England.  He is best known for writing The Pilgrim’s Progress (From This World to That Which is Come), in 1678.  The book sold perhaps 100,000 copies in its first 15 years (Bunyan, … Continue reading

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“And Rejoice in Hope” (Romans 5:2; 12:12)

What is hope?  Biblical hope is more than a mere wish or desire.  It is “favorable and confident expectation” (Vine’s).  Our hope is based on Jehovah God (Psalm 31:24; 39:7; 71:5; 1 Peter 1:21), God’s word (Psalm 119:49-50, 81-82, 114; … Continue reading

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Life’s Setbacks, Don’t Let Them Stop You

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) accomplished many things as a young man and in middle age.  He was a Professor of Physics by age 24, and a Professor of Chemistry by age 26.  He was the Dean of Science at the University … Continue reading

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Sunk Cost and Counting Cost

There were many food trucks options at the Texas Book Festival.  However, I wanted empanadas. Therefore, Melinda and I, and our son Jasper waited in what appeared to be the longest food truck line.  As we neared the half-way point … Continue reading

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Prophecy: Squeezed In A Vise

Have you ever felt like you were being squeezed in a vise?  Life is not always easy.  Job’s assessment: “Man who is born of women is of few days and full of trouble” (Job 14:1). Sometimes this trouble comes from … Continue reading

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