The Mantle of the Lord

Elijah the Tishbite is one of the most notable and accomplished prophets of the Old Testament. He appears on the scene seemingly from nowhere in 1Kings 17 to be a severe thorn in the side of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of the Northern Kingdom and their introduction of Baal...

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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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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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The Heart That Discovers

“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7) While enjoying the water of the Delaware Bay at Lewes Beach last week, our family discovered a creature we had not seen before. It was small and translucent with a...

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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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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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The Greatness of Children

“Suffer the children to come unto me, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14). It’s Christmastime, so it makes sense to talk about children. Laughter and play and joy and song are what should mark this season, even now. Some have tried to cripple the...

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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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Communion and the Bread of Life

The feast of communion is to be a meal scented by fragrances of memory. Jesus took the bread at the Last Supper and presented it as His Body. True to His teaching method, the Savior fashioned a metaphor to drive home the message of His life. He came to earth....

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Simon and the Touch of the Spirit

This is the oft-misunderstood story of Magic Simon. Simon was a something of a wizard, a conjurer in Samaria, as we read in Acts 8. He astonished people with his tricks and his words. He held audiences captive and became a great celebrity over his years there. He had status...

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