Gentleness That Makes Great

The message of Jesus slips through the cracks. It penetrates into places that we tend to think are closed and hostile because for the most part they are closed and hostile. Kings, queens, empires, and dominions tend not to appreciate challenges to their status. They like to be large and...

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Crumbs from the Table

“… a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David, my daughter is severely oppressed by demon’” (Matthew 15:22). A mother, living in the territory that gave the world Jezebel, pleaded for her daughter. She came to the Son....

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A New Capacity

We scarcely know all that we have been delivered from, fellow believers. James Masterson lists 10 “capacities” of the self life, in his book,”The Personality Disorders.” Among these we find the capacity for: Spontaneity One for entitlement: to appropriate experiences of mastery and pleasure And the entitlement to environmental support...

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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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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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The Ephesians and First Love

The church of Ephesus got off to a strong start and functioned as a faithful assembly for some years. Paul’s letter to this group of believers, written around the year AD 60, contains none of the corrective passages that we find his other church epistles. This city in Asia Minor,...

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The Way Jesus Talks

Jesus became a target for the religious leaders of His time on earth. It was mostly because of what He said. His message of love and forgiveness was bad for business. Really, it was. The Temple at Jerusalem was the place where people came to get right with God for...

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Navigating Marriage

After 23 years of marriage, it is still a mystery to me. As we journey through life, we learn about the power of the Lord and the weakness of ourselves. Anything that is valuable must be invested in otherwise it devalues. Marriage is a personal investment. Many want a “quick...

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When Life Seems Impossible

There are impossible things in our lives. Weighty things that have been part of our landscape for a long time. Relationships, sickness, generational curses, strongholds…etc. Our initial reaction is to throw our hands up and say, “This will never change, he / she will never change! It will always be like this!” It...

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