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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3, NIV. Have you ever been around a person who makes you feel unworthy? Maybe you have felt like you have to share your accomplishments or act in a certain way to gain their approval. When the enemy tempted Jesus in the wilderness to turn a rock into bread, Jesus didn’t demonstrate His power by accepting the devil’s challenge, instead He quoted scripture, proving the authority of the Word of God. You should never have to do anything to prove to people who you…

“They continued to stone Stephen while he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!’ Then he fell to his knees and cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them!’ When he had said this, he died.” (Acts 7:59-60, New English Translation) Acts 6 and 7 introduce us to two notable New Testament men: Stephen, the first Christian martyr, and Saul, who passionately persecuted the young church. Under different circumstance, the two may have become good friends. Both were Greek-speaking Jews born elsewhere but now living in Jerusalem. Both were passionate about their faith. Perhaps they…

“So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore, let us no longer judge one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in the way of your brother or sister” (Romans 14:12-13, Christian Standard Bible). When I was a small child, one of the hymns sometimes sung was “Watching You.” The chorus went like this: Watching you, watching you, Ev’ry day mind the course you pursue, Watching you, watching you, There’s an all seeing Eye watching you.                            …