The God of the Last Laugh

Comic relief – this really is an essential part of the Gospel. We should learn to read the Bible with an eye toward understanding how God always gets the last laughs. The tragic reality of what we endure is our own doing. Face this fact, we must. We are all...

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Remember Sabbath

Face it; we’ve been put into time out. Like the disobedient child that it is, the world system is under something of a forced shutdown. The COVID-19 virus outbreak has altered things for people everywhere. All of us have been challenged to stop and recognize that things really are beyond...

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The Ephesians and First Love

The church of Ephesus got off to a strong start and functioned as a faithful assembly for some years. Paul’s letter to this group of believers, written around the year AD 60, contains none of the corrective passages that we find his other church epistles. This city in Asia Minor,...

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Devotion to Doctrine

The disciples listened to Jesus and heard His final instructions. They watched as He took off for Heaven. Then, they did what He told them to do. All of them gathered in a room in Jerusalem. They prayed as they waited for what the Savior had said was coming. Power...

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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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