Month: August 2023

The Sticks and Stones of Backstabbing, Betrayal, Slander

By lisa rippy / August 31, 2023

The saying, “Sticks and stones my break my bones but words will never hurt me,” is a children’s rhyme that was created to be used as a defense against verbal bullying by remaining calm and indifferent. However, “words will never hurt me,” is not what we find in Scripture. Our…

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Patience in Affliction – Charles Spurgeon Devotional

By lisa rippy / August 30, 2023

It may seem an easy thing to wait, but it is one of the postures that a Christian soldier cannot learn without years of teaching. Marching and quick-marching are much easier for God’s warriors than standing still. There are hours of perplexity when the most willing spirit, anxiously desiring to…

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Elders and Deacons in the Life of the Church

By lisa rippy / August 26, 2023

All of my Southern Baptist life, each church where I have been a member had a staff of pastoral/leadership and a body of deacons. Church members served as bible study teachers and served in other areas of ministerial needs such as church-wide events, within the prayer ministry, homebound ministry, and…

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The Blessings of Forgiveness – 3 Part Series

By lisa rippy / August 25, 2023

A person is never more noble and never more like God than when he forgives someone. That is the most godlike thing we can do. There is nothing more glorious that a person can do for another person than to forgive. A truly godly person will be known because he…

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Are Women Given Teaching Authority Over Men?

By lisa rippy / August 24, 2023

The Fall of 2022, I taught a bible study at our local church that I had written; “Living Certain in an Uncertain World – An Expositional Study of 1,2,3, John.” As the time to begin teaching was drawing closer, the suggestion to teach a coed class was considered.  Since 1999,…

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I Will Rejoice – by Charles Spurgeon

By lisa rippy / August 23, 2023

“I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in my people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.” Isaiah 65:19 In heaven the glorified do not weep, for all outward causes of grief are gone. There are no broken friendships, nor unfulfilled…

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What Does the Bible Say About Wealth?

By lisa rippy / August 23, 2023

Today, August 23, ends the 30-day “No to Spending = Yes to Savings” challenge that some of us were on together. And for me and Rip….it paid off!! We were able to save so much…what a blessing the entire challenge has proven to be for us.  And to end it…

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A Story That Has To Do With Money

By lisa rippy / August 23, 2023

There are about 40 parables that our Lord gave, and nobody else in the New Testament gave any parables, so all the parables were given by our Lord. As we know, they were designed to hide the truth from unbelievers, but to reveal it to believers, those who have ears…

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The Gospel According to Jesus

By lisa rippy / August 22, 2023

Many people profess to follow Christ, yet don’t display the fruit, or rather the biblical distinguishing marks, of that confession in their lives. Others leave the faith altogether, some after years of church involvement. Were those people ever saved? John MacARthur responds in this 6 message series, The Gospel According…

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The Source of True Worship

By lisa rippy / August 12, 2023

Truth for Life Devotional – by Alistair Begg “He said, ‘Lord, I believe,’ and he worshiped him.” John 9:38 When he was first found by Jesus, the blind beggar in John 9 had been helpless and hopeless. Then he had become the object of God’s supernatural intervention and had had his sight…

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