Don’t Go Back

“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’” – John 5:8  Continuing our discussion from yesterday regarding the paralyzed man at a healing pool who was healed by Jesus, this was not the last time that Jesus encountered this man. In John 5:14, it reads, “Later Jesus found him at the temple…

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Start The Year With Gratitude

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  There is a subtle distinction in this text when it comes to giving thanks that I believe is very significant. The command is not to simply “be” thankful—that’s an attitude. It is to “give” thanks—that’s an action.…

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Give Thanks In Everything

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  When Paul wrote the words of today’s key verse, he was writing a letter to provide encouragement to believers who were enduring persecution. He did not want the believers then, and does not want us now, to…

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Everything That Has Breath Should Praise

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 150:6)  Based on the way Psalm 150 is written as a hymnal of praise, it could be assumed that only the leaders of corporate worship, the Levites should praise God. The reader could think that the encouragement to praise and show thanksgiving was…

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