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Destroying the Temple: The Self-destructive Sin of Tobacco Consumption

I grew up in a rural Midwestern community in the second half of the twentieth century. Back in those days, tobacco use was everywhere. My relatives smoked pipes, cigars and cigarettes; classmates chewed tobacco. Movie and television stars puffed unashamedly away on screen. Magazines and TV shows were peppered with advertisements promoting the habit. And …

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Indescribable Peace

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7, ESV) A lot of people like to claim promises from the Bible, but fail to check the context to see if those promises are conditional or not. Many popular quotes come from Scripture passages …

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The Master’s Pen: Wisdom for Writers from Psalm 45

My heart is moved by a noble theme as I recite my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. (Psalm 45:1, HCSB)  The first line of this psalm talks about a writer’s motiva­tion. It says that our writing should be inspired by good, noble, pleas­ant, or beneficial words or ideas. As Philippians 4:8 …

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Building Materials

According to God’s grace that was given to me, I have laid a foundation as a skilled master builder, and another builds on it. But each one must be careful how he builds on it. (1 Corinthians 3:10, HCSB) Based on what others have said, I have always though that 1 Corinthians 3:10-17 was talking …

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