Rod MacArthur

Contentment

Contentment “But godliness is a means of great gain, accompanied by contentment” (1 Tim. 6:6) With such a strange year behind us (almost), and with the holidays looming, my mind has drifted to thoughts of happiness. “Don’t worry; be happy”; good advice, right? “Happiness is a warm puppy,” ala Snoopy (Charles Schulz). The simplicity of this latter thought is heart-warming.…

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Impact-filled Church

Impact-filled Church “…having favor with all the people” (Acts 2:47a). What was it about the first followers of Jesus that generated such a favorable response from “all the people”? The apostle Peter’s first sermon brought the house down, so to speak. 3000 people who heard it accepted it and were baptized that first day! These formed a brotherhood that immediately…

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Meaningful Church

Meaningful Church “…upon this rock I will build My church” (Matt. 16:18). The “rock” upon which Jesus built His church was the bedrock truth of Peter’s confession. (Some think Jesus referred to Peter here, but the name “Peter” means chunk of rock, whereas the word “rock” means bedrock, immovable rock.) The steadfast truth of Peter’s powerful proclamation—You are the Christ—has…

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Our Two Deepest Challenges

Our Two Deepest Challenges “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). When they asked Him which was the greatest commandment, Jesus surprised them by going outside the Ten Commandments and selecting the two biggest challenges…

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The Joy of Peace

The Joy of Peace “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1). People have varied, and sometimes strange responses/reactions when they face death: their own or that of a loved one. In 1986 my dear friend Steve, as he was succumbing to melanoma, nudged the oxygen tube from his nose and…

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The Value and Power of Gratitude

The Value and Power of Gratitude “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:18). Wow, what a concept: Gratitude in EVERYTHING! Have you seen what’s going on in our major cities? As of this writing, protests, sometimes becoming violent, have occupied the streets Portland, OR for over 80 straight days: almost…

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Our God is Greater than Everything

Our God is Greater than Everything I want you to feel confident, if not comfortable, in the current tumultuous climate. This “trifecta” might easily capture your imagination negatively and put a damper on your spirits. It’s hard to remain optimistic when our minds imagine the worst. But we do not need to keep our minds there. People of God throughout…

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Whatcha Gonna Say?

Whatcha Gonna Say? “Speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15). During the current state of matters an abundance of animated conversation fills our airways, press, and social media. Wanna join the discussion? Unfortunately, much of the discussion (if we can call it discussion) is an in-your-face rejection of the values we hold close to our hearts. We have three choices:…

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America Is Burning by Rod MacArthur

America is Burning I am appalled and dismayed at the destructive chaos and havoc welling up in major cities across our nation. Here is a sampling I found on the internet today. Minneapolis, WI: Hundreds of millions of dollars in damage from rioting and looting. Portland, OR has seen more than 50 consecutive days of rioting and lawlessness Seattle, WA: “The rioters had…

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