Follow Jesus

Let the Dead Bury Their Own Dead: Follow Jesus

Dusty Crabtree Jesus’ call for us to abandon worldly things and follow him can sometimes seem extreme. Consider Matthew 8:22: But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”   Is Jesus Being Harsh? Jesus spoke these controversial words to a disciple asking to bury...

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Peace through the storm

Faith in Troubled Times: Peace Through the Storm

Dusty Crabtree Most of us are familiar with John 16:33, which says: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” For some reason there are people, both Christians and non-Christians, who seem...

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Faith in troubled times

Faith in Troubled Times: Troubles in the World

Dusty Crabtree You don’t have to look far to find troubles in our world. They are all around us both locally and globally. John 16:33 even guarantees that we’ll have trouble, promising that “In this world you will have trouble…” People all around us are concerned about things already happening...

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Living by faith

Living by Faith Part 3

Dusty Crabtree Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.   What is Fear? Fear can take on many shapes and forms....

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Living by Faith: Love

Living by Faith Part 2

Dusty Crabtree Faith and Love Have you ever stopped to consider how faith and love are connected? We hear all about faith and all about love in the church as if they were two distinct things, but the concepts are actually very much intertwined with one another. You can’t really...

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Why forgiveness is so important

Why Forgiveness Is So Important

Dusty Crabtree Forgiveness is a familiar concept in Christianity. Most people realize that they have done bad things, have sinned against God and need His forgiveness. When we receive His forgiveness, we receive many other benefits including freedom and peace. Most people appreciate being forgiven, but when the time comes...

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