My Assigned Portion

Once Jacob distanced himself from all that he valued and possessed on earth, he was available to give the Lord his undivided attention in a wrestling match, refusing to quit until the Lord blessed him. He prevailed, and one of the greatest blessings he came away with was that the...

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Inner Beauty

Some days no thoughts come. Too much sugar in last night’s snack? Maybe. The Complexity of a man’s soul; body and spirit also, make for an exciting life of wonder. Victor Frankl defined some of the complexity as the tension between objectivity and subjectivity in a person’s inner being. He...

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Two Men

Two brothers approached and offered God yield of their life occupations. One offered a sheep, the other fruit. God respected one offering, the other, He rejected. The Genesis story describes two men and their God, two men shaped in iniquity, two men born outside the presence of the Almighty, two...

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Faith That Saves

Two tables. Two hosts. Two salvations. The episodes I want to examine are both found in the gospel of Luke. The first one is toward the end of Luke 7 and involves a Pharisee named Simon who asked Jesus to come to dinner at his home. The word on the...

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Cynicism — The Battle

“The world always has had a cross between two thieves for the one who comes to save it.” And yet: ” If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 “The graceful gait of virtue is always followed by and scoffed with grimace and travesty.” And yet,...

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The Life We Now Live

The apostle Paul wrote the book of Galatians to set the record straight. The Gospel message is this: Salvation comes only by grace through faith in Christ alone. The message is a declaration of independence from our own efforts to make ourselves right with God. To believe, that is to...

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Hope Leads Us Home

Hope was planted in a heart. It would not be denied. The heart belonged to Ruth. That hope that took root in her must be classified as a true work of God, for she had many reasons to be hopeless. Her husband was dead, so were her father-in-law and her...

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