The Way Jesus Talks

Jesus became a target for the religious leaders of His time on earth. It was mostly because of what He said. His message of love and forgiveness was bad for business. Really, it was. The Temple at Jerusalem was the place where people came to get right with God for...

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Awakened to God

Jacob was a man with a habit of making his own way. It started with his birth, which he helped to facilitate with his grasp on the ankle of twin brother Esau. He hitched a ride into the light and came out ready to angle for position and privilege. He...

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Speak for Yourself

“You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Paul was standing before Roman rulers – Agrippa and Festus — and a group of assembled dignitaries and officials of Caesarea. He stood chained, accused, and innocent of any crime against the Empire. And, yet, he remained in custody. It was his life...

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Sorrow, Rage and Resurrection

Jesus came to earth and faced life and death at every level. To me, John 11 is the chapter that encapsulates all of these things about the ministry of Christ, the Son of the Living God. This chapter features the Lazarus story. It comes right after an account that reveals...

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The Identity of Our Image

Our identities can be fragile things. Insecurities color the way we see ourselves. Nervousness and anxiety can settle into our hearts when we are confused about who we are. This is precisely the reason that the first book of the Bible was written. Yes, Genesis includes words from God given...

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All Things Come to Praise

2020 has come to us. The book has closed on another year, on another decade according to most. The calendar serves us in marking out days. A sense of order is given to our life in time. It sets us in places. We can see appointment reminders and these guide...

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A Man Like Us

Peter and his story are great gifts to us as believers. It is very easy to classify this man as the Super Apostle, the leader of the Twelve, the one who reportedly stands at the gates of Heaven. He was often bold and courageous. He was on hand for the...

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The Greatness of Children

“Suffer the children to come unto me, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). It’s Christmastime, so it makes sense to talk about children. Laughter and play and joy and song are what should mark this season, even now. Some have tried to cripple the...

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The Thrill of Hope

“Long lay the world in sin and error pining …” So goes the lyric line in “O Holy Night,” one of our most popular Christmas carols. This is the truth about how things are and how things were just before the coming of Jesus to earth. Still, there were those...

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O Little Town

It was the point of entry for Jesus. The Son came here as Immanuel, God with us. It was at that time a shepherd’s place. This makes sense:  the Good Shepherd first showed up in a sheep town. We are talking about the little town of Bethlehem, of course. During...

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