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No Salvation Without This Story

by Brent Karding

The story of Judah and Tamar is unpleasant and awkward to read. You won’t find it in any children’s picture Bible storybooks! If it were a movie, it would surely be at least PG-13. If you don’t remember this story, take a couple of minutes and read Genesis 38. Then, once you’ve cringed and grimaced […]

Singing with Understanding: Giving Him My All

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

Like a Bloated Spider

by Brent Karding

What is the opposite of being thankful? I think the opposite of thankfulness is covetousness. To live a thankful life is to live in grateful contentment. To live a covetous life is to live in dissatisfied restlessness – never to be happy with what you have because you always want more. And covetousness is ultimately […]

Singing with Understanding: Willing to Forsake All

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

Like a Smug Six-Year-Old

by Brent Karding

At Kingston Bible College and Academy, we have an annual Thanksgiving Prepare-and-Share meal and devotional.  The following is the text of the devotional I gave last week. Good evening! Let’s turn to the book of Colossians, where we’ll read 4 verses that are the basis for tonight’s brief devotional. Colossians 3:12-15: “Put on therefore, as […]

Why Don’t Some Christians Go to Church?

by Brent Karding

“I don’t need to go to church; I can worship God at home.” “I’m too busy for church.” “The church is too full of hypocrites.” People make all kinds of excuses not to attend church. Perhaps you are one of those people, or you know one of those people. I’d like to suggest 3 reasons […]

He Will Not Leave You As You Are

by Brent Karding

The circumstances of his birth were unusual, to say the least. He was the younger member of a pair of twins. His brother was born first, but he followed right after, and as soon as he left the womb, his hand reached out and grabbed his older brother’s heel with a firm grip. “Awwww,” sighed […]

Thy Merits Soar above My Sins

by Brent Karding

Over our vacation the last couple of weeks, I was able to take some time and read a prayer every day from a book called The Valley of Vision, published by Banner of Truth. I had been away from this book for some time, having started it many months before. It is a collection of […]

Junk Food and Junk Happiness

by Brent Karding

I love food. If you want to make my mouth water, tell me that spaghetti sauce is in the crock pot for tonight’s supper, or that marinated baby back ribs are currently on the BBQ, or that strawberry shortcake is on the menu for dessert. Isn’t it wonderful that God made food more than just […]

The Pain and Joy of Fighting Sin

by Brent Karding

The sport of rowing is one of the most challenging and demanding sports in the world. Daniel James Brown, the author of The Boys in the Boat (the story of 9 American boys who defeated the odds and won gold at the 1936 Olympics), describes its unique, extreme demands: “Unlike most sports, which draw primarily […]