Awakened to God

Jacob was a man with a habit of making his own way. It started with his birth, which he helped to facilitate with his grasp on the ankle of twin brother Esau. He hitched a ride into the light and came out ready to angle for position and privilege. He...

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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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The Way of a Neighbor

Jesus made His points in stories. He was telling the Truth in a world that was – and is – ruled by liars. These liars are controlled by the father of lies. Liars like long words, religious words, political words, psychological words. Complexity rules their language. Twisted sayings confuse and...

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Who Loves Most?

She interrupted a dinner party to thank the Lord, and what a thanksgiving it was. Her story goes like this. Jesus was invited to eat at the home of one of the region’s leading men. Simon the Pharisee was intrigued by what he heard about the man from Nazareth. The...

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