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INCOMPARABLE

No person who has ever walked this earth even comes close to comparison when placed up against Jesus Christ. He is unique. He is incomparable. He is our Lord. Here is what one unknown person wrote about Him years ago.

“More than 1900 years ago there was a Man born contrary to the laws of life. This Man lived in poverty and was reared in obscurity. He did not travel extensively. Only once did He cross the boundary of the country in which He lived; that was during His exile in childhood. He possessed neither wealth nor influence. His relatives were inconspicuous and had neither training nor formal education.
In infancy He startled a king; in childhood He puzzled doctors; in manhood He ruled the course of nature, walked upon the billows as if pavements, and hushed the sea to sleep. He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His service. He never wrote a book, yet all the libraries of the country could not hold the books that have been written about Him. He never wrote …

ENLARGED HEART

Dr. Seuss’ famous story of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas says that the Grinch lived just above Who-ville with a serious problem.  The reader is made aware that his heart was two sizes too small.  This is why the Grinch hated Christmas and everything else about the merry Whos.  By the end of the story, however, something happens.  After working to ruin Christmas, the Grinch saw the Whos celebrating and loving each other even though they had nothing.  “And what happened then...?  Well...in Who-ville they say, that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day!”

The Grinch’s heart enlarged because he saw how the people loved each other no matter the circumstances.  Once he saw their unconditional love, he wanted to be a part of it and he wanted to have it.  It is no wonder his heart enlarged!  He had never before experienced that kind of unselfish love that was not based on getting or gaining more. 
Jesus gave his disciples a new command in the book of John.  "A new command …

Who Are You?

One of the things that I love about reading the letters of the Apostle Paul is that I get a chance to see someone who was very clear about his identity.  There wasn’t much confusion in how Paul saw himself.  “I Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…”— (Romans 1:1). There wasn’t a lack of clarity on how God has taken a hold of him and molded him into who he was.  

I have observed that many people are confused these days.  They don’t know who they really are. They don’t understand the core of their identity.  The following are some statements that might help you reclaim what God has done and is doing in your life.  As you read the following, decide to own it!   Understand that these are not just hopes for which we would like to become, but realities of how God has reshaped and transformed you into His likeness.  They are already part of who you are!  Know them and live them!  
“I am a Christ-follower.” When the disciples were first call…

SHOP 'TIL WE DROP

All things being equal, I’m glad to be a Christian, living in America. Many of us have been blessed with the material prosperity that is common to the average American. The day after Thanksgiving is known as “Black Friday by retailers.” The one day out of the year that turns their losses into profit.It also marks the official start to another holiday shopping season. Many will venture out to the local malls, fighting the crowds to get the best deals as we work through our Christmas shopping lists. Yet, it is troubling to me that somehow our material prosperity is directly related to our relationship with Jesus. 

Does the abundant life really mean that Jesus came to help us focus on our ability to shop ‘til we drop? I don’t think so! Try telling that to the millions of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who will regard themselves blessed if they are able to eat a meal today.
Jesus did come to give us life to the full, but the abundant life He was referring to is spiri…