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Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. Each one of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. (Romans 15:1-2, Christian Standard Bible) Have you ever noticed how often the Bible tells us to build each other up? In fact, it’s not suggested as just something nice to do; God expects us to support each other in the good times and the bad times. That’s what we do for those we love. We help them soar, not crash and burn. Most…

“And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.” (Luke 18:37-38) How busy is your schedule? Most of us feel harried and hurried with a “to do” list stretching much too long. Our day is full—no room for “non-essentials” and certainly no interruptions from others. Jesus also kept an incredibly busy schedule. The task before Him, to bring salvation to the world and to train disciples who could carry on the work of establishing the church, was an awesome responsibility to crowd into three short years.…

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4 Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls? My husband and I celebrated Christmas in Niagara Falls last year. As we stood next to the Canadian Falls, I noticed people’s expressions. They were mesmerized at the powerful force of nature before them and awe stricken of God‘s beauty — this is humanity’s reaction when we experience something beyond ourselves. Likewise, when we enter into the presence of God, worship should follow because we are experiencing…