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The Days of My Prime

If you pay attention to sports, you will sometimes hear a commentator refer to an athlete being “in his prime.” Interestingly, the “prime” age may vary depending upon the sport. For most sports the prime falls in the late twenties and early thirties, after gaining sufficient experience but before the body has worn down too…

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When He Has Tested Me

People are quick to tell you that life is not fair. It is an axiom that comes quick to the lips just due to hearing it so often—so quickly that we often do not think about what we are saying. It is an explanation of sorts—and sometimes a justification. When trials and hardships come our…

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False Accusations

Criticism hurts—no matter how kindly delivered and no matter how constructively cast. It pains us to hear criticism because—even if we knew the problem existed previously—it is embarrassing and somewhat depressing to hear that someone else noticed and thought it significant enough an issue to bring to our attention. Enduring the critique of any sermon…

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Arguing Against Rebuke

Criticism of any kind hurts to some extent. No matter how much you love and respect the person offering criticism and how much you know that person loves and respects you, criticism—no matter how constructive—comes with a great deal of pain. Sometimes this pain is rooted in the realization that the criticism is valid, and…

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Miserable Comforters

We live in a world filled with problems and pain, heartaches and sorrows. We feel this deeply in our lives when in the midst of hardship and can appreciate the difficulties of others with some reflection. When someone close to us loses a loved one, we respond with immediate sympathy, considering the circumstances and softening…

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Worthless Physicians

The role of a preacher focuses on proclaiming God’s Word faithfully in its entirety (Acts 20:26-27). Unfortunately, some people perceive the preacher as the one divinely assigned to rail against the failings of every false religion, every false doctrine, and every false step week in and week out, damning souls to hell right and left…

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When You Hate Life

I will admit that I do not always enjoy life. In fact, I despise many aspects of life in this world. It hurts to see people suffer and sorrow. It pains me to watch while people choose sin and selfishness over Christ and the cure. It brings tears to my eyes to see loved ones…

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You’re Not Really Helping Here

Just for a moment, imagine the following effort of a well-meaning, God-fearing soul attempting to help out a friend who is dealing with problems in life. “How long do we have to put up with your attitude? Do you think God messed up? It’s your children’s own fault they died in the storm. God was…

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What Does Your Arguing Prove?

In a world where sending a message around the world takes an instant, people increasingly have trouble communicating. Indeed, if the Internet has contributed anything in the realm of communication, it would fall in the realm of fomenting arguments and furthering misunderstandings. It has taken tremendous personal self-control to learn that not every statement on…

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Blind Squirrels and Acorns

Interpreting the book of Job presents numerous challenges, even though the basic message of the book is straightforward and clear. The first two chapters record the LORD’s commendation of Job to Satan and the subsequent challenge presented that led to Job’s suffering. The last chapter records the LORD’s restoration of Job and the commendation for…

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