The Christmas Cross

Some aspects of Christmas disclose themselves covertly: the Christ Child, a tiny babe, was also Mankind’s Savior and continues to be our Personal Defender. You see, justice precedes love in God’s saving scheme and we must see this. Justice and judgment must factor in or we lose realness. Without grounds...

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Two Sisters

Martha received him into her house. Sister, Mary, sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. Martha was dragged about with much serving. Martha said, “Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.” Jesus answered and said...

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Balm for Bitterness

Ruth came out of Moab, a nation with a strange and despicable origin. This people group’s ancestry reached back to Lot and the days after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the midst of his family’s escape from the fire fall, Lot’s wife lagged behind and turned her gaze...

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Divinely Bigger

World Cannot Provide We have now been in Japan for nearly one year and have gained some perspective of the Japanese lifestyle. There are so many great things to be learned, especially in terms of etiquette, respect for others, and work ethic.  We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know people here and share a part of...

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The Transparent

It lurks in the recesses of a man’s heart and will surely burst forth when provoked by circumstance, and Job’s stuffings came out a display of abject transparency. We can say that Job’s transparency painted him badly; three acquaintances felt this, but his plight had baffled his own sense of justice....

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The More Excellent Way

“And I will show you a still more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). This sentence from the apostle Paul serves to set up his magnificent treatise on the preeminence of love in 1 Corinthians 13.  “A still more excellent way” — the words conclude Chapter 12, one that describes spiritual...

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It’s God’s World

“The battle is the Lord’s.” It is also His life, His righteousness, His joy which is our strength. We are kept by His power for it is His salvation. He neither slumbers nor sleeps. He is our ever present help in times of trouble, born for adversity, He loves at all...

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A Bold Heart Who Served

Martha deserves better. She’s taken a lot of hits from preachers and teachers over the centuries because of a small bit of Scripture in Luke: “But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to...

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