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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Stepping Stone or Millstone

Will I sink or will I swim? In troubled times this can be our constant question. Self-preservation seems to dictate our options. When crossing a creek, a stepping stone shows us a way across. It holds our weight so that we can cross over. The weight is distributed so that...

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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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Eye and How?

2 Corinthians 5:19 speaks a great truth to us, “That is, in Messiah, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them; and He has entrusted the message of reconciliation to us.” The Savior brought us a new consciousness, and in that conscience there is no...

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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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Secrets

My secret has always been God, His presence, His Word, His life, His work. Have I done great things for God or man? No. Small stuff.  I need God for the small stuff — all my stuff is small. Truth is, I cannot measure or evaluate any degree or effect...

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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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