Category Archives: Encouragement

The Flesh & Its Drag Effect

I don’t usually write blog posts on Sunday because church dominates the day, but today is different. We cancelled services at Oak Grove Baptist this morning because of the lingering effects of the season’s first snow. Many of us could … Continue reading

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A Lesson Learned From a Poor Widow

Monetarily speaking, the greatest giver of all time was not a rich industrialist who made his billions and then contributed a portion of his wealth to philanthropic efforts. Instead, it was a poor widow who placed two small coins in … Continue reading

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Failed Lately?

As a parent, I don’t want either of my two sons to have any problems in life. I want them to enjoy perfect health. I want them to be the most popular kids at their schools. I want them to … Continue reading

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Lessons From Habakkuk

The Old Testament book of the prophet Habakkuk isn’t one that often gets preached. That doesn’t mean, though, that it won’t “preach.” This is evidenced by the fact that it is quoted multiple times in the New Testament. The apostle … Continue reading

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When You Can’t See God Working

In his Looking On the Heart expositions from 1 Samuel,┬áDale Ralph Davis relays the story of a B-17 bombing run over a German city during World War II. As one plane approached the city, it was struck by Nazi antiaircraft … Continue reading

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God Loves the Word “Through”

Have you ever noticed that God absolutely loves the word “through”? Take Isaiah 43:2, for example, where He says to Israel: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow … Continue reading

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When God Doesn’t Make a Way

My previous post was entitled “God Can Make a Way” and was based upon the story found in Acts 12:1-19. That post focused upon how God made a way of escape for Peter as Peter sat in a Roman prison … Continue reading

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