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Anger control and management

You Won’t Like Me When I’m Angry

Jacob Rutledge The Incredible Hulk used to warn others about the consequences of his rage by saying, “Please don’t make me angry; you won’t like me when I’m angry.” Interestingly, the warning was always for other people: they wouldn’t like him angry. In truth, the character Bruce Banner (who plays the human part of the Hulk before he transforms) takes pleasure in the brute strength, power, and freedom his anger grants him. Is his temper dangerous? Certainly. Yet, with that…
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Beirut Reminds us of the Brevity of Life

Jacob Rutledge This past week the capital of Lebanon, Beirut, was rocked with an explosion that resembled an atomic bomb. Terrifying footage of the event flooded the internet, and viewers watched in horror as the detonation demolished the city. So far 135 are dead with thousands suffering from injuries. The event is being linked to a Russian ship that had been in port for 7 years, filled with ammonium nitrate. In the coming weeks, details will continue to come out,…
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Are You Watering Your Garden?

With the increased heat of Texas summer fully upon us, I find myself—once again—investing more time in the maintenance of my yard. Diligence in evening watering is absolutely necessary lest my poor grass shrivels under the scorching heat of the sun. Added to my list of yard duties is caring for a little garden we started back in March; full of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, the occasional Bell pepper, and watermelon. If my grass suffers under such oppressive heat, my garden…
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Think Right, Live Right

“Garbage in, garbage out” is what your mother maybe told you growing up. It’s a simple proverb that reminds us of the importance of being mindful of what we consume. If we fill our minds with ungodly, impure material, then it will eventually influence the way we live and subsequently determine how we act. Your thinking, and what you meditate on, is directly connected to how you live (Mat. 15:18-19). Paul, understanding this truth, wrote to Titus about this principle:…
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What Every Church Needs

Jacob Rutledge In our consumer-driven culture, people are enticed to constantly be on the lookout for a better deal. Whether it’s the best bargain on a new car or the best job offer on the table, we naturally look out for our best interest. This mentality influences what we look for in a church as well. Instead of looking for a congregation that stands for truth, ministers to the poor, and seeks the lost, we often scope out congregations that…
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What’s Your Story?

When I was a child, my mother used to read me a story called “Dinosaur Dream” by author Dennis Nolan. It was a wonderful tale of a young boy who is surprised to discover an infant dinosaur scratching at his door one night. The book covers their adventure as young Gideon attempts to lead the creature back home. Recently, I bought the same book for my son and read it to him at night. I love a good story (I…
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3 Reasons for Daily Bible Study

As a father, there are certain habits I have to enforce with my children which they otherwise wouldn’t do. For example, I tell them to brush their teeth, clean their room, watch how they talk to each other, etc. Yet there is one habit I don’t need to enforce: eating. Of course, there are times when I have to “persuade” them to eat certain meals, but I never have to force them to eat; they naturally possess an appetite and…

It’s Never Too Late

How many of you have ever been around a person and think to yourself “How can this person be so wicked and mean?” Throughout my life, I have met several people like this. It’s heartbreaking, discouraging, and kind of makes me mad that a person could be that far away from God and not care. Something we need to know is that no matter how far someone may be away from God, there is always an opportunity to come back…

Beauty is in the Eye of the Creator

We’ve heard the phrase “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Often this is said to justify different taste in art, music, architecture, etc. In other words, two individuals may look at a piece of art in two completely different ways—one repulsed, the other attracted—based on their own perceptions. Is something beautiful? It depends on who you ask. When we open our Bibles, it doesn’t take us very long to discover what God views as beautiful. Not surprisingly, His…

Why God’s Promises Matter To God’s People

From the beginning of scripture, we begin to recognize a unique characteristic of God: He makes and keeps promises. Early on, these promises are known as “Covenants” in which God enters into an agreement with humanity. For example, he promised Noah post-flood that he would not bring that form of judgment on the earth again (Gen. 9:11); He still keeps that promise today. He promised Abraham that He would give his descendants the land of Canaan (Gen. 13:14-16) and fulfills…