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Posts by Pastor Maguire

What Is Meekness?

John Piper “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) Meekness begins when we put our trust in God. Then, because we trust him, we commit our way to him. We roll onto him our anxieties, our frustrations, our plans, our relationships, our jobs, our health. And then we wait patiently…

Timely Grace for Testy Moments

Scotty Smith Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to give us all the grace we…

You Believe In The Prosperity Gospel

Jared C. Wilson We all do, actually. Or, at least, we all believe some version of it at various points in our lives. Oh, I know you aren’t cheerleading the charlatans on religious television or sending “seed money” for Creflo’s private jet. But the essential theology of the prosperity gospel lies close at heart in…

A Neck Problem

Stan Gale “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) I have a neck problem. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve encountered a number of medical maladies, but my neck problem is something I’ve wrestled with since my early 20s. My neck problem is not the one diagnosed by doctors in my…

Jesus Has Risen, He Has Risen Indeed!

Scotty Smith Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for…

The “Goodness” of Good Friday

Scotty Smith And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34 NIV) Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matt. 27:46 (NIV) “It is finished.” John 19:30 (NIV) Lord Jesus, we feel conflicted…

Before Its Too Late

Ken Sande (Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – JM) Years ago, one of my clients was in the hospital with only hours to live. He had no interest in seeing his stock portfolio one more time. Although he had spent most of his…

The Essence Of Gratitude

Jone Eareckson Tada Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15 We take for granted so many of the words we say, without ever considering what they might really mean. Take the words thank you. We’ll say this phrase automatically, hardly even realizing we’ve spoken. In Spanish, the term is muchas gracias,…

Using Our Words for Healing and Hope

The mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45 (NIV) If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. James 1:26 (NLT) There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Prov. 12:18…