Awakened to Tell the Truth

“Call out to your God! Perhaps your god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.” These words came from the captain of a ship bound for Spain, according to Jonah 1:6. This vessel was caught in a violent storm and nearly everyone on board was hard...

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How Very Present God Is

Psalm 46 declares to us that God is our “very present help in trouble.” I have been thinking much about just how present He is. He is “very present,” present beyond our comprehension. He is above, beneath, to the left, and to the right. Everywhere present, God is. Circumstances being...

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Resurrection Reports

The stone was rolled away. The tomb lay open and gloriously empty. The angelic world knew it, as did the Roman detail assigned to guard the place. Soldiers had been posted, the sepulcher sealed. And yet Jesus could not be confined. The women journeyed on the morning of the first...

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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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Healthy Leadership

Leaders are the ones with all the answers, the ones who have done it right without mistakes, the ones who know everything. The brilliant ones who multitask with one eye shut and a hand tied behind their back. No. Usually, it is the weakest people who refuse to quit and...

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Seeker of the Lost

The Son of Man came for one reason, “to seek and to save the lost.”  Jesus made this point in Luke 19. This chapter describes Jesus as He visits two towns and the Temple. First, Jesus stopped in Jericho. This city stands out on the pages of Jewish history. Joshua...

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Still, Small Voices

Elijah took shelter in a cave at Mount Horeb in 1 Kings 19. He had become a frightened man. This is interesting because in the previous chapter, this prophet was shown to be a man with authority from God, a man who could summon fire and rain with his prayers....

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Living Water and Real Food

It was water she came for. This lonely, broken, thirsty Samaritan woman of Sychar brought a heavy pot to the well and found she was not alone as she usually was at this time of day in this place. Jesus, a Jewish rabbi, sat there. Her first inclination was to...

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