Lenten Thoughts – Paradise

Paradise...I don’t often think on this concept. I’ve heard some people say that paradise is another word for heaven or is the ultimate place to live. That all things will be good there. That maybe it was like the Garden of Eden before sin entered. Can you imagine Paradise? Is it something that we’ll be…

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Lenten Thoughts – Forgiven

“Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:48) Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to be face-to-face with Jesus when He said those words? Your sins are forgiven. These words provide freedom from the chains that bind us. Jesus said them to the woman who anointed Him with oil (Luke 7). He said…

Pride – Human or Godly?

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18) This is one of the first verses that springs to mind when someone mentions pride to me. Why does it come before destruction? What is it about pride that leads to a fall?  Why does the LORD despise a "proud look" (Proverbs 6:17,…

My Summer in Philippians 2

This summer I spent a lot of time in Philippians chapter 2. I think God was trying to tell me something. It started in May. In Sunday school, before summer camp started, we studied Philippians 2:1-5, 12-18. This is what the Scripture passage says (ESV). "So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort…