Foxes, They Spoil the Vine

“The voice of my beloved! lo, this—he is coming, Leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills”  (Song of Solomon 2:8) When last had we leapt or jumped or even skipped? Buoyant as a bird or gazelle comes a jumping someone, in our allegorical sense it’s the Christ, resurrected from...

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A Song, A Dream, A Promise

A girl got a song. A carpenter got a dream. A just and loyal old saint got a promise from the Spirit. All of them are part of the Christmas story. And each one shows us something important about the way of God in this world. Let’s first look at...

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Make Joyful Noise

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord.” Every now and then we just need to let out a good shout unto God. That’s what the writer of Psalm 100 is saying with these verses, and his message was one he directed to “all the earth.” These words, this song of...

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Joy of the Lord

How does Joy fit into the scheme of Christian living? .. on March 18 Mr. Chollet locked the garage door of his New Hampshire house, climbed into his BMW, and turned on the engine. He left behind a note that read, “Please forgive me, but the thought of going through...

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Children and Praise Perfected

The fullness of the Presence of God came to Jerusalem. This Presence did not come as the people thought it would come. Their expectations centered on wealth, power, and muscle. Surely, trumpets would sound. The King would march in crowned, stately, and robed, ready for conquest. Instead, the Presence came...

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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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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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O Little Town

It was the point of entry for Jesus. The Son came here as Immanuel, God with us. It was at that time a shepherd’s place. This makes sense:  the Good Shepherd first showed up in a sheep town. We are talking about the little town of Bethlehem, of course. During...

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Joy Unspeakable, Full of Glory!

When we simply believe and hold God to His Word to do as He has promised to do, the Holy Spirit fills our hearts with unspeakable joy as well as a peace which passes all understanding. The multitudes living in misery in the world are longing for this supernatural provision...

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