Posts by Kevin Rhodes

Living with Spiritual Purpose

For many people, getting up in the morning and just going about the business of life—whether to work, to school, or to get treatments—is a struggle. The constant and often increasing pressures associated with a job, the growing responsibilities of life, the ongoing deadlines for various projects, and various health problems all have unique challenges…

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Living with Integrity

There will never come a day in your life that Satan will not try to get you to hesitate to obey, compromise the truth, doubt your faith, or simply give up. If we learn nothing else from his persistence with Job, we should learn and appreciate this. He is ever on the prowl, and he…

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Living in the Hedge

We have it easy. We really do. We like to think of ourselves in terms of our how hard we work, how busy we are, and how many hardships we have to overcome. The reality, however, is that we are blessed beyond measure. We concentrate on what we do not have and forget that we…

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Restored Praise

The jubilation that encompassed the hearts of the Jews who rebuilt the temple and restored its worship must have proven overwhelming following the neglect that characterized the divided kingdom, the destruction wrought by Nebuchadnezzar, and the captivity experienced for multiple generations. Those dedicated hearts who knew the heartaches of exile—led by godly men with faith…

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This Honor

Although each psalm exists as an independent poem, that does not imply that they have no relationship to one another. In fact, the order of the psalms provides insight into the purpose as conceived when collected. Indeed, the division into five books of psalms indicates both the original purpose of each psalm and the timeframe…

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Personification and Praise

Praise the LORD! We hear this phrase often as a crude, throwaway sentiment but rarely as a sincere outburst of thanks or in the midst of reverent prayer. “Praise songs” abound and yet, even in some of them, depth of praise seems less abundant. We have turned praise into a slogan instead of a powerful…

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The Beauty of Restoration

When Nehemiah heard how Jerusalem, the capital city of his homeland, remained in rubble years after the original return from Babylon, he immediately set out to improve it. Petitioning the Persian king for assistance, surveying the damage, and organizing the restoration, Nehemiah quickly changed not only the face of the city but also the hearts…

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Declaration of Dependence

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These words, enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, have formed the foundation for a variety of political doctrines, ideas, and…

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Chasing Perfection

Life does not promise a steady stream of positive experiences, an ever-improving situation, or a constant sense of comfort and peace. Indeed, to suggest such a thing is laughable. And yet the critique offered by many in their youth arises from just such a utopian vision of this world. As a result, youthful vigor chases…

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Struggling to Find Happiness

Happiness remains that elusive figure darting in and out of life with amazing swiftness. Despite desperate measures to cater to material whims and avoid significant danger, men find themselves searching frantically for answers while asking all the wrong questions. When given opportunity and time to reflect, men typically define their happiness in terms of getting…

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