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This site is about words.
First, about God’s authoritative, inspired Word.
Second, about my non-authoritative, non-inspired words—nevertheless, written in hope that they will encourage those who read them, and above all that they will point the reader to God’s Word.

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Today's Walk in the Word

Traitor or Loyalist?

[Onesiphorus] often refreshed me.                      —2 Timothy 1:16 Disciples were abandoning Paul like rats on a sinking ship: “Everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me,” he wrote. Two of those—possibly leaders of the deserters—are named: Phygelus and Hermogenes (2 Tm 1:15). Their opposite was …

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Two-Way Trust

Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you.       —2 Timothy 1:14 2 Timothy 1 paints a picture of two-way trust. Our Trust in God “[I] am convinced that [God] is able to guard what I have entrusted to him,” writes Paul (v. 12). The apostle entrusted his work, his soul, and …

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Don’t Sigh, Sing

Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.      —Ephesians 5:19 Music has always played a central role with God’s people. When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they sang a celebratory song (Ex 15:1–21). When the temple was dedicated, they praised God in song (2 Chr 5:12–13). New Testament worship includes …

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Your Assignment for Today

We are . . . created in Christ Jesus to do good works.              —Ephesians 2:10 Ernest and Sarah were on vacation in a city that was new to them. When a stranger approached them and said, “Tourists, huh?” they froze. He smiled and said, “Welcome to our city.” He …

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Prayer for Today

If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.        —1 John 5:14 Dear Lord, As I confront this day, keep me from being frustrated by its demands or intimidated by its associations. Help me to seek your presence and listen for your voice above all others. Remind me that in …

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You Have a Load of Debt

You owe me your very self.                —Philemon 19 Paul reminded Philemon, whom he had led to Christ, “you owe me your very self” (Phlm 19). William Barclay wrote, “Philemon is turned from creditor to debtor in the space of two verses, and loaded with a debt so large …

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