The Songs of Jeremiah

Jeremiah was a prophet, not a bullfrog as the old Three Dog Night song once told us. Anyone who listened to Top 40 radio in the early 1970s had to have heard “Joy to the World” about all the boys and girls and the fishes in the deep blue sea....

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Hearing, Confession and Conviction

In thinking about the Christian life, I am convinced that there are three important principles for us to understand. These are the practice of hearing, confession, and conviction. The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that “a threefold cord is not easily broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12). Together, these three things — hearing,...

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The Way of Honor

“Honor your father and your mother that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12). Honor your father and your mother — tucked right into the Ten Commandments are these words that carry a significant God-promise. I believe that the...

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A Reflection on the Moon

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore. …” Those are lyrics from an old Dean Martin song. And when the moon hits my eye, I have to say I do get a bit giddy. I revel in the feeling that comes to me at...

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God and the Groanings

God spoke our world into being. His Voice announced “Light.” As a result, the days of Creation began and when the Lord took His rest after six days, He saw everything as good, good, and very good. Alas, we understand today that things didn’t stay good, good, and very good....

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Taste the Honey of the Word

Jonathan took a taste of honey in 1 Samuel 14. His eyes brightened in an instant. The sweetness touched him in the midst of the warfare he had waged versus the Philistines. There was a problem, however. Jonathan’s father, King Saul of Israel, had decreed that no one in the...

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‘I Am’: The First and the Last

Alpha. Omega. The Beginning. The Ending. The First. The Last. These were words Jesus used to describe Himself. Notice the use of the definite article “the” before some of these words. This article is one of limitation, a narrowing word in its work as a modifier. The placing of “the”...

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Seeing What Others Cannot See

The book of Hebrews was written to encourage believers who were facing trouble. It seems the people of God often find themselves in difficulties. Why is this? It is because we are different and always will be. We are pilgrims here and now.  The world and its varied systems are...

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