Noah Found Grace and God Told Him to Build

Noah was a man who found grace among a grace-less population. The age in which he lived is described as one when every imagination of every heart was only “evil continually” (see Genesis 6:5). Violence dominated human society. Bloodshed was common and celebrated it seems. We read of a man...

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A Man, a Widow and a Painter

“…the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple…” (Malachi 3:1). It happened just as the prophet said it would. One ordinary day in Jerusalem, the most extraordinary Person ever born appeared. He did not stride in triumph. There were no trumpets announcing His presence. It was a still,...

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The First Silent Night

 “Silent night, holy night – all is calm …” So begins one of the all-time favorite carols of this season. Over the coming weeks, this song will be sung throughout churches as Christmas Day approaches. Silence, calm – these are not words that describe what many experience during these days....

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Sifted and Sent

Peter was a marked man, marked by the devil himself. Hell viewed this fisherman as something of a soft target. Peter struggled with consistency as he walked beside the Savior of the world. Jesus met Peter, we read in John 1, because his brother Andrew, a faithful disciple of John...

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Come, Drink of the Living Waters

And every man went to his own house. These words come at the very end of John 7.  They conclude a passage of the Scriptures that serves to magnify the division that Christ triggered with His coming. It’s important for us to consider this reality; Jesus said it Himself: “Do...

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Crumbs from the Table

Jezebel country, Jesus spent some time there. He went to the region of Sidon and Tyre in search of some peace and quiet. What He found there was a woman of faith, a mother seeking a miracle for her daughter. A demon plagued the child, and this mother had heard...

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The Way of a Neighbor

Jesus made His points in stories. He was telling the Truth in a world that was – and is – ruled by liars. These liars are controlled by the father of lies. Liars like long words, religious words, political words, psychological words. Complexity rules their language. Twisted sayings confuse and...

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