Ministry of a Prophet, Ezek 3:4-14

The ministry of a prophet is unique.  He’s certainly not a pastor.  He’s not trying to shepherd a flock of people and establish a local ministry where he is sent. He preaches God’s words and often what he has to say is very negative.  In Ezek 3:4-14, we see some...

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Put Off the Old, Put On the New, Eph 4:20-32

In Eph 4:20-32, Paul gave us very practical instructions about the Christian life.  He told us to put off the old man and to put on the new man.   We must put off the old man because he is “corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,” Eph 4:22.  We are...

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Spiritual Depression, 1 Ki 19:4

In many cases, depression is something you can address spiritually and practically rather than chemically, through anti-depressants.  You can often make changes in your spiritual life that will improve your emotional and mental health.  Furthermore, if depression is exacerbated by your lifestyle and diet, you can make the necessary lifestyle...

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Reaction to Trials, Ps 18:6

Reaction to Trials Ps. 18:6 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO When you go through trouble, your reaction to trials should follow a Biblical pattern.  Otherwise, it is way too easy to get in the flesh and really mess up.  So, pattern your reaction to trials after the following: Cry out to God...

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The Evil Effects of Bitterness, Ruth 1:20

There are more people harboring bitterness than you and I are aware of.  The reason that we’re not usually aware of their bitterness is that if you suggest to bitter people that they are bitter, they will deny it.  Yet, when an incident arises that deeply affects them emotionally, their...

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Hagar Fled, Gen 16:4-10

Have you been considering leaving?  Have you toyed with the idea that it is time for you to leave your husband?  It’s time for you to leave your job?  It’s time for you to leave your church? Hagar, Sarai’s handmaid, fled from Sarai, her mistress, over an incident involving Hagar’s...

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Be Ye Angry, And Sin Not, Eph 4:26

I have often thought, “How is it possible to be angry and not sin?”  I believe that every time I have ever been angry, I have sinned in some capacity.  When you fail to rule your spirit you are going to do or say something wrong.  Yet, in thinking about...

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The Root Problem Heb. 12:15

The Root Problem Heb. 12:15 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO When you are trying to fix something in your life or help someone deal with a problem in his life, the best thing to do is find the root problem.  You must get down to the source of the trouble.  The fruit...

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Bitterness Ruth 1-4

Bitterness Ruth 1-4 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO In the Book of Ruth we find an excellent study on the subject of bitterness.  Naomi went with her husband and two sons to Moab to escape a famine in Bethlehemjudah.  While she was there, her sons married Moabite women.  Then her husband died...

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Call Me Mara Ruth 1:19-22

Call Me Mara Ruth 1:19-22 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO Naomi means “pleasant;” Mara means “bitter.”  In Ruth 1:19-22, Naomi tells her friends in Bethlehem to Call me Mara, because she was bitter.  This formerly pleasant wife and mother of two sons had returned a widow and childless. Have you ever felt...

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