See, What You Do Is …

“Mom, I am playing with that brown boy – he’s nice.” So said our son one warm summer morning. He had just come off the playground at Rosedale Park just outside Baltimore. “Yes, he is. Have fun!” she told him, and so played out another scene in the process of...

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Our Friend and the Heart that Hears

Abraham and the son of Promise walked toward Mount Moriah. They were on their way to worship the Lord, and their worship would have to include a burnt offering – something would have to bleed for the sacrifice to speak for them. Isaac, the son given to Abraham and Sarah...

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Job and Our Redeemer

“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength. …” (Isaiah 30:15). Think of Job. Ultimately, his story is about how he knew God and came to know Him better. Here’s someone who suffered tremendous loss and pain in spite of doing everything he was supposed to do. He lived in...

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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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Weep

“The survivors of the destruction of Jerusalem, left in Judah after the banishment of their fellow countrymen to the Euphrates, seemed, for the time, overwhelmed by the calamities that had befallen their nation. The Temple they had thought invulnerable was burnt to the ground; Jerusalem, in which they had gloried...

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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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