Convictions of Honor

Veritas, Integritas, Fidelitas

His Mercy Endures Forever

By Kevin Rhodes | Nov 12, 2018

When you are in the midst of a crisis, feeling the burden of sorrow, overwhelmed by tragedy, or wondering how to carry on during a challenging time of life, fear…

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Taking Worship Personally

By Kevin Rhodes | Nov 5, 2018

For many Christians, worshipping God has turned into a bland routine, a burdensome chore, and a senseless enterprise because they have lost touch with the heart of God and the…

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The Focus of Worship

By Kevin Rhodes | Oct 29, 2018

After a potentially long, arduous trek, Jews returning to Jerusalem to participate in a great feast would make their final ascent to Jerusalem, enter a gate of the city, and ultimately approach the temple in order to worship. Climbing the stone stairs to the temple mount, they would sing psalms and focus their minds on […]

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Reflections on Unity

By Kevin Rhodes | Oct 22, 2018

Unity remains so elusive in today’s world and, sadly, in today’s church. Most all call for it. But few truly long for it—at least not the type of unity God offers. In actuality, the very people who often speak of unity act in ways completely contrary to it. Somehow, even among those who recognize the […]

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A Lamp for My Anointed

By Kevin Rhodes | Oct 15, 2018

The Babylonian captivity had shaken Judah to the very bone. After years of moral decadence and spiritual indifference, the harsh realities created by the destruction of the temple and their relocation outside of their homeland challenged their arrogant assumptions of having the LORD on their side and forced them to evaluate their relationship with the […]

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Personal Peace in an Age of Discontent

By Kevin Rhodes | Oct 8, 2018

No one is happy anymore, and that includes those who profess Christianity. On various social media outlets, complaining has risen to an art-form as people who previously had little or no voice now find a reason to speak about anything and everything, and mostly things of which they know little. As a people, we have […]

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Full Atonement–Can It Be?

By Kevin Rhodes | Oct 1, 2018

The Jews journeyed to Jerusalem for several feasts every year—each having a special significance. As they traveled and approached the city and especially the temple, their purpose in drawing near grew clearer and clearer. This developed not only from their proximity to their ancient capital but also due to their practice of singing psalms as […]

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Full Atonement–Can It Be?

By Kevin Rhodes | Oct 1, 2018

The Jews journeyed to Jerusalem for several feasts every year—each having a special significance. As they traveled and approached the city and especially the temple, their purpose in drawing near…

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Survival

By Kevin Rhodes | Sep 24, 2018

We tend to make people heroes for all kinds of reasons. With reverence we celebrate those who are willing to sacrifice their own lives  in order to protect others. We marvel at those who find courage in the moment to rise to the challenge and force their determination to override their fear. On a lesser […]

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Back to Basics

By Kevin Rhodes | Sep 17, 2018

The pursuit of happiness. Those words—inscribed in the founding document of the United States—describe so much of people’s focus in life. Of course, those were also not the original words. The committee of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson originally borrowed John Locke’s group of three: life, liberty, and property. However, due to political […]

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A Heritage from the Lord

By Kevin Rhodes | Sep 10, 2018

Though familiar to the reader and often quoted by the preacher, the meaning of Psalm 127 plumbs greater depths than today’s casual acquaintance typically assumes. While the uninspired inscription assigns this Song of Ascents to Solomon, it could just as easily imply an attempt to mimic his style due to an affiliation with his circumstances […]

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Bringing in the Sheaves

By Kevin Rhodes | Sep 3, 2018

The Babylonian captivity shook the confidence of the Jews to the very bone—intentionally so. Their previous arrogance had built up a spiritual barrier so large that they failed to see how far from the LORD they had fallen. Therefore, despite warnings dating back to Moses, despite the wave after wave of foreign invaders taking away […]

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True Believers

By Kevin Rhodes | Aug 27, 2018

The situation described in Psalm 125 is specific enough to offer an excellent picture of the challenges facing the author and his companions while generic enough to prevent assigning it to a specific time or incident. The LORD’s people were under threat in some fashion and needed God’s protection (Psa. 125:1-2) because wicked rule had […]

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What If?

By Kevin Rhodes | Aug 20, 2018

What if? These two words can prove exciting or frightening, depending on their context, what follows, and our reaction to those words. What if Hitler had not invaded the Soviet Union? What if someone else won the election of ________? What if modern medicine had not existed for that surgery? What if I had bought […]

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Have Mercy

By Kevin Rhodes | Aug 13, 2018

It hurts when I hear people, including some Christians, use the phrase “Have mercy” so cavalierly. After all, it is essentially an appeal to God, whether they realize it or not. And no appeal to God should be made vainly or regarding silly matters of no consequence. Few probably appreciate the origin of the phrase […]

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A Prayer for Peace

By Kevin Rhodes | Aug 6, 2018

Looking toward the future can be thrilling or frightening depending both on your circumstances and your point of view. If you are a child in December, you look forward to Christmas with an anticipation that brings joy to every moment. But if you are an adult in April, you tend to dread the day you […]

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