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2 Corinthians 12 | Bragging Rights

By: Garner Fritts Have you ever met someone who brags all the time and places themselves on a pedestal? They want everyone to know how much they are worth, how intelligent they are, how gifted they are or any other number of human achievements. Some of these braggarts invoke the name of the Lord while promoting themselves. What is even worse, there are many people who admire those types of people and hold them in higher regard than the so…

Revelation 2 | Spiritual QA’s

Written by Garner Fritts I have had the privilege for several years now to manage people and critique their performance. We use Quality Assurance forms in my office, or QA’s, to accomplish this. I go through the patterns of making notes about things being done correctly to encourage the one being examined. At the same time, I look for things they are not doing well in order to raise their level of performance. When I administer these to the workers,…

John 14 | Christ our Comforter

Written by Ally Seiple How many times have you been faced with a desperate situation that has left you with a troubled heart? When I was a senior in high school, I remember being at a crossroad in my life and searching for direction to find my best path. I didn’t quite know where I was going or what exactly I was going to do, I just knew I had to decide… And soon. I remember spending that summer after…

John 12 | The Desperate Need of Awful Mankind For An Awesome God

“Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.” John 12:25-26 A dear friend, mentor and pastor for over 30 years frequently asks me: “Do I hate my life?”  Depending on my mood, I answer in a variety of ways. On a…

Acts 9 | Blinded By The Light

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”  Acts 9:15-16 Last year you may remember all the hype and excitement about the eclipse. Everyone was selling “eclipse approved” eye shields so we could look directly at the sun and see the movement of…

Luke 20 | Between A Rock And A Hard Place

“But he looked directly at them and said, ‘What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Luke 20: 17-18 I remember several years ago listening to a sermon where the preacher was speaking against the heresy of trying to present Jesus in a more “user-friendly” way to people. He said…

Luke 18 | Approaching A Holy God

Jesus teaches us how to posture ourselves in approaching God throughout chapter 18 of the gospel of Luke. In the parable of the persistent widow and the healing of the bling beggar, with persistence (vs 1-9; 35-43). We see in the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector, the need to approach God in humility (vs 9-14). We see in verses 15-17, that we need to approach the kingdom of God as little children. As we learned with the…

II Cor. 3 | Glory to Glory… Shine On!

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:17-18  When I was around 11 years old, it seemed all my friends had new bicycles. Not only were they new, but they were also 10…

Isaiah 65 | A Promise Preserved, A Salvation Secured

“I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name.” Isaiah 65:1 In the motion picture industry, many times screenwriters will start a movie by showing the current event that prepares the viewer to go back in time to see how we arrived at the…

Matt. 25 | The Returning King

 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.” Matthew 25:31  Probably no other event has been spoken or written about more than the second coming of Christ. Here in Matthew 25, actually a continuation of chapter 24, Jesus speaks to his disciples in parables to prepare them for the time between his ascension and before his second coming. Keep in mind these parables were in…