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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Chain Breaker

“So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church. Now when Herod was about to bring him out, on that very night, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries before the door were guarding the prison....

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A Laughing Matter

Sarah laughed. She really couldn’t help herself. She had heard something remarkable; no, she’d heard something impossible. That’s the danger of being an eavesdropper, of trying to satisfy curiosity with the strain of the ear toward a conversation.  In such a case, one can never be quite sure as to...

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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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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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The First Silent Night

 “Silent night, holy night – all is calm …” So begins one of the all-time favorite carols of this season. Over the coming weeks, this song will be sung throughout churches as Christmas Day approaches. Silence, calm – these are not words that describe what many experience during these days....

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The Secret of Song

In the opening part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” we meet Bilbo Baggins.  He’s described as a little person who likes peace and quiet, laughter and food, as “all hobbits do.” Everything changed for him, however, when a wizard and a crowd of dwarfs showed up at his home. They...

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