Convictions of Honor

Veritas, Integritas, Fidelitas

Following to the End – Part One

By Kevin Rhodes | Jul 13, 2015

At the close of such a sad moment in Jesus’ ministry—the crowds retreating into the distance and leaving Jesus behind to question the commitment of the twelve–we find that Jesus…

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Focused on Eternity – Part Three

By Kevin Rhodes | Jul 6, 2015

Interestingly, at the very moment when thousands of people rejected Jesus as their teacher, Simon Peter, in response, acknowledged Jesus was far more than his teacher, saying, “Also we have…

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Focused on Eternity – Part Two

By Kevin Rhodes | Jun 29, 2015

What a scene it must have been to witness throngs of people turning their backs on Jesus because He would not do what they wanted. They wanted Him to perform…

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Focused on Eternity – Part One

By Kevin Rhodes | Jun 22, 2015

After Jesus answered the people and responded to their objections, the people, for the most part, made a decision; they decided to leave. It is difficult to fathom that people…

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Follow to the Extent Jesus Says – Part Three

By Kevin Rhodes | Jun 15, 2015

The people in the crowd had followed Jesus as long as it was convenient. They had expressed interest as long as they benefited physically. But Jesus exposed the passing nature…

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Follow to the Extent Jesus Says – Part Two

By Kevin Rhodes | Jun 8, 2015

Discipleship demands taking the words of inspiration and making them your life now so that you might have life forever. The Master says, “It is the Spirit who gives life;…

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Follow to the Extent Jesus Says – Part One

By Kevin Rhodes | Jun 1, 2015

A number of Old Testament passages provide the subtext for the entire discussion between Jesus and His would-be followers. After Jesus already had fed the five thousand miraculously, the crowds reminded…

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Following When It Is Difficult – Part Two

By Kevin Rhodes | May 26, 2015

Jesus’ question, “Does this offend you?” deserves another, more specific consideration. When we take offense to the more taxing demands of following Jesus, discipleship will indeed be difficult. Nevertheless, those…

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Following When It is Difficult – Part One

By Kevin Rhodes | May 18, 2015

Nowhere will you find in the Bible that following Christ is going to be easy. In fact, the apostle Paul told Timothy, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good…

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Following All the Way

By Kevin Rhodes | May 11, 2015

The sixth chapter of John begins with Jesus performing miracles and feeding the five thousand (John 6:1-13). This miracle caused them to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, but only in…

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Nothing Held Back – Part Three

By Kevin Rhodes | May 4, 2015

God did not give the best of heaven for His people to focus on the things of earth, whether worldly goods or worldly praise (Mt. 6:19-21). Our Savior calls us…

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Any Ol’ Lie Will Do

By Kevin Rhodes | May 4, 2015

An internet meme I came across recently said, “Most people don’t really want the truth. They just want constant reassurance that what they believe is the truth.” This applies to…

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Nothing Held Back – Part Two

By Kevin Rhodes | Apr 26, 2015

The young man inquiring of Jesus wanted to know what more he needed to give, what additional responsibility he should fulfill, a single commandment that might make him complete and…

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The Joy of Pleasing God

By Kevin Rhodes | Apr 26, 2015

Asa had provided a strong foundation for his son and successor. Despite failing in patience and dedication in his latter years, Asa had strengthened Judah’s position both politically and spiritually.…

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Nothing Held Back – Part One

By Kevin Rhodes | Apr 20, 2015

In response to Jesus’ citation of various commandments from the Law, The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still…

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A Cycle of Selfishness

By Kevin Rhodes | Apr 20, 2015

Impatience lies at the root of many spiritual problems. Some issue comes to the fore, and it seems like people readily accept any solution proffered. This tendency leads to the…

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