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It’s an Abundant Life

It’s a Wonderful Abundant Life You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. George Bailey needed the wingless angel Clarence to teach him that, despite all his difficulties and unfulfilled dreams, he was a blessed man. George was so consumed with all that was “wrong” with his life that he missed the wonderfulness of it. He failed to recognize the abundance of his blessings during his time of trial (which seemed to him to be perpetual). We are able to identify with George. Failure to Believe the Promise How often do we fail to believe the promise of Christ. . .
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Ask and it Will Be Given to You — A Wish List

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to. . .
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Hold Fast to the Traditions

A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy. You may ask ‘Why do we stay up there if it’s so dangerous?’ Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: Tradition! Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions our lives would be as shaky as, as… as a fiddler on the roof!. . .
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The Age of Accountability & the Faith of Your Children

Real Life Brings Questions of the Age of Accountability Serving as a pastor for five years I had to counsel grieving parents at the loss of a child while yet in the womb. I have Christian friends who have had young children die and a precious friend with a child who (it appears to our finite minds) is unable to understand much of what is said to her. I am a father of eleven covenant blessings in our home, but two of our children never made it to our home. One died after about sixteen weeks in the womb, the. . .
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Understanding Covenant in the Book of Hebrews

But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises. Hebrews 8:6 The assignment given me in this column is to help us understand this text from the book of Hebrews (actually vv. 6-13). I am to exegete it in such a manner that I deal with questions like: Was the old covenant bad? How do we understand the reality of covenantal continuity and the new and better covenant under which we serve? This may sound simple enough, but no less. . .
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Preserved by God — The Perseverance of the Saints

Perseverance of the Saints & Free Will “I give eternal life to them and they will never perish and no one will snatch them out of My hand.” John 10:28 We have seen the warning, “No Diving Allowed” most often in public swimming areas, when the pool or lake water is too shallow to dive into without risk of serious injury. Some have not heeded the warning (or were in a place where no warning was given) and ended up paralyzed or dead. Many of us know of a person who has had this experience and a few of us. . .
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The Road to Emmaus — Remembering the Wonder of the Story

Stories On the Road to Emmaus Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. – Luke 24:27 “Daddy, tell me the story again. Please!” Children love stories. They do not mind if they are passed along by memory or in turning the pages of a book, just tell them a story. They will listen in wonder and ask for the same stories to be read over and over again. They cannot get enough. This is another example of why we, Christians of all ages, must become like. . .
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Be Grateful for the Doctrine of Election

Uncomfortable with the Doctrine of Election That the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls. — Romans 9:11 Before us we have a verse from a passage of Scripture (Romans 9) that gives more than a few people an uneasy feeling. What is written about a pagan king is difficult enough for some, but it’s just too much for many when God declares His choosing Isaac not Ishmael and that while He loved Jacob, He hated Esau. I suppose there are people who struggle with this chapter, in part at least,. . .
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Is Gossip a Sin as Depraved as Sodomy?

The Results of Depraved Thinking Those who forsake God are forsaken by Him. This truth is proclaimed throughout Scripture, and is especially clear in our text (Romans 1:28-32) and the verses which precede it. When a person or a people suppress the truth in unrighteousness (v. 18) and do not honor and give thanks to the LORD (v. 21), when they exchange the glory of God for idolatry (v. 23) and truth for a lie worshipping the creature rather than the Creator (v. 25), in a word, when they refuse to acknowledge Father, Son and Holy Spirit as the one. . .
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Lay Aside Lazy Parenting

Parenting & Athletics For an overwhelming majority of my life I have been involved in athletics. I readily acknowledge that there are bad aspects surrounding sports, both professional and amateur, but I also believe there is a tremendous amount of good and much can be learned from them — both through participation and consideration. I have often said that Major League Baseball is a microcosm of our culture. Combine this with Henry VanTil’s astute observation that “culture is religion externalized,” and it follows that MLB is a microcosm of our culture’s religion externalized. Think about that for a while. Even. . .
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Is Temptation Sent by God?

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing…Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn. . .
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Should You Answer a Fool According to His Folly?

Do not answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.—Proverbs 26:4-5 What the Bible Says About Fools The Word of God has much to say about fools, none of it flattering. The first twelve verses of the twenty-sixth chapter of Proverbs are all about fools and how those who are wise should understand and handle them. Solomon had his share of interaction with fools, and in our text the wise king gives sound advice as to how to deal with. . .
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Justification in the Book of James

You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. — James 2:24 James & Paul on Justification There have been many who misinterpret this verse and conclude that we are declared righteous and forgiven all our sins on the basis (in part, at least) of our works. “Just read the words,” they say, “justification by faith alone is flatly denied by James.” Even among some who believe that sola fide is the doctrine upon which the church stands or falls there is a struggle understanding what James is teaching in this text. They know he. . .
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The Lord’s Prayer — Praying to Our Father

Praying the Lord’s Prayer In many churches, the one I am a member of included, the congregation will pray together in unison at various times during the divine service. This means, of course, that the prayers must be either memorized or written out otherwise there would be chaos instead of order, individualism instead of unity. Christian churches that do not engage in such liturgical practices will often sight one primary reason why they refrain — they are concerned such prayers will become rote. While I firmly disagree that “form” prayers will inevitably become mechanical repetition, I have to admit it. . .
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When Persecution Comes Jesus is With Us

Persecution & the Gospel Lo, I am with you always. These words conclude the gospel of Matthew, which ends with the great commission — the mandate to make disciples of all nations. The commission is great not only because of its excellency, but also because of its daunting nature. Christ is commanding the eleven and, by extension, His church for all the ages to minister through Word and Sacrament to people of every tongue, tribe, and nation that they may become part of the holy nation, a people for God’s own possession. This is a calling to go into utter. . .
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Mark Dewey

Mark Dewey.

Mark Dewey is a longtime friend of Highlands Ministries, baseball coach, and most of all husband to Monique and father to 13 blessings.
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