GOD’S DESCRIPTION OF YOU

GOD’S DESCRIPTION OF YOU

by Bill Elliff January 02, 2022

How would God sum up your life in a paragraph? Genesis, Chapter 5 is a brief genealogy from Adam to Noah. In the midst of the normal accounting, there is one man with a noticeably different description. This phrase, “walked with God” repeated twice, set Enoch apart from other men. Three words summarize his life. Three words imply so much.

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GOD MAKING US FIT OR HEAVEN AND EARTH

GOD MAKING US FIT OR HEAVEN AND EARTH

by Bill Elliff December 08, 2021

The great miracle of Christianity is that there is a fundamental change that occurs when we come to faith in Christ. There are two changes that happen to a believer that are both judicial (dealing with the problem of the guilt of our sin) and practical (dealing with the problem of our power over sin in our daily life.

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THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST

THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST

by Bill Elliff November 19, 2021

Christ is sufficient. In every way, in every circumstance, in every location, Christ takes care of his own and provides what is needed for the moment.

We may not be in a position to receive it. Our spiritual receiver may be tuned to the wrong channel, but if we are listening and dependent, we will find all we need in Him.

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70 THINGS I KNOW ON MY 70TH BIRTHDAY

70 THINGS I KNOW ON MY 70TH BIRTHDAY

by Bill Elliff November 17, 2021

There are many things God allows us to know in our brief life if we are listening. These are a few that God has reminded me of on my 70th birthday today. This is not intended to be a comprehensive theology or even all my best understandings about God. These are just thoughts that come to my mind in on this day about God, the wonders of His goodness to me, and how we must aggressively cooperate with Him. I would know nothing of value apart from Him. Nothing.

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FOUR WORDS

FOUR WORDS

by Bill Elliff November 12, 2021

My friend, Rob Thorpe, sent me a blog he wrote on the death of his father-in-law. He was struck when the funeral director said to them, "Now what four words do you want on his grave-marker?" This particular gravestone, aside from the name and dates, only allowed four words to sum up an entire life.

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LIVING FOR THE HIGHER PURPOSE

LIVING FOR THE HIGHER PURPOSE

by Bill Elliff November 11, 2021

How do you decide the will of God in areas that are not clearly defined in Scripture? Romans 14 is a key chapter for us as believers who live to help others and glorify God. It gives us principles upon which to make decisions about “grey areas” of life, i.e., those areas that one Christian believes is legitimate to indulge in while it hurts another’s conscience.

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ARE YOU SUPERMAN OR A MERE MAN?

ARE YOU SUPERMAN OR A MERE MAN?

by Bill Elliff November 08, 2021

We are absolutely intrigued by the thought of a human with superhuman powers. Endless stories—from ancient mythology to current movies—promote these ideas. There is a reason for this. We were created by God to be superhuman. To have power beyond the average human. We were made for more and something in us longs for more. Fictional stories often touch this idea but leave out the reality of how it is possible.

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OUR GLORIOUS STANDING

OUR GLORIOUS STANDING

by Bill Elliff November 06, 2021

Many people have no understanding of where they stand before God. They think of it occasionally, even nonchalantly, as if it didn’t really matter. Everything in this life and the life to come hinges on your standing before God. You are either separated or together. Disconnected or united. Standing as God’s enemy or adopted as His child. Forgiven or unforgiven. Headed to hell eternally or heaven. There is no in-between.

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PURIFYING OUR AFFECTIONS AND RE-DIRECTING OUR WORSHIP

PURIFYING OUR AFFECTIONS AND RE-DIRECTING OUR WORSHIP

by Bill Elliff October 19, 2021

Everybody worships something. The question is: where is our worship directed, and is that WORTHY of our adoration?

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BECOMING MORE POWERFUL

BECOMING MORE POWERFUL

by Bill Elliff October 13, 2021

One of the great hopes of all our lives as followers of Christ is that we can become MORE. More useful, more loving, more gracious, more like Christ, a better witness, etc. Apollos was such a man. We only have five verses in the whole Bible that describe him (Acts 18:24-28), but look at the phrases God uses.

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THE LOUDEST VOICE IN YOUR HEAD

THE LOUDEST VOICE IN YOUR HEAD

by Bill Elliff August 30, 2021

The loudest voice in your head determines the direction of your life. You are driven by who you listen to most carefully and how you respond to what is said.

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DO YOU WANT THE BEST BREAD?

DO YOU WANT THE BEST BREAD?

by Bill Elliff August 23, 2021

I love bread. Almost any kind. When I was a child, I would often go to the corner bakery with my father. I pressed my nose against the glass counter and watched in utter fascination as they brought our bread straight from the oven and cut it on a special machine. I could hardly wait to get home and find the butter. I love bread (did I already say that?)

I have discovered, though, a few downsides of bread through the years. Bread can go bad. Mold sets in, and it's useless. And too much bread can add extra pounds that none of us need.

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