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The question is not whether God is saying something in the midst of this pandemic. God is always saying something. In the Old Testament, there was no word from God for extended periods of time. In the New Testament, under the new covenant, God has revealed himself and his will through both the living word…

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We must understand our Christian identity in Christ before we will be actively involved in God’s work. Our basic problem is not a doing problem–our basic problem is a being problem. We are in danger of losing our identity. We must seek biblical answers to basic questions. Who are we? What is the church? What…

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Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic was declared, on March 27 Pope Francis gave a meditation on Mark 4 and the calming of the storm. His message: let us give our fears to Jesus so he can conquer them. Perhaps a coincidence, but the next week I read several blogs on Mark 4, Many of those…

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We often start the year off with good intentions, but our follow-through stinks. So it’s the dawn of another New Year, a time when many of us plot to do some internal remodeling in the form of some New Year’s resolutions. Sadly, many of us make the same set of resolutions year after year. Here’s…

In October, over a 20-day period, I read through about 1,500 years of history – 388 pages of print that was far too small, and without any pictures!  I read Genesis to 2 Chronicles, in order (except I read 1 Chronicles immediately after 1-2 Samuel).  I wanted to read the Old Testament storyline in the…

Christian_Living

“Live your lives here in reverent fear.” (1 Pet. 1:17) “You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house….” (1 Pet. 2:5) “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” (1…

  Most of us don’t set out to be liars; we don’t wake up and ask, “How am I going to lie today?” We are much more subtle and nuanced. Sometimes lying just sort of creeps into our decisions. Lying is certainly a big deal to God. Bearing false witness is number nine in the…

Living_Above_the_Law

  The tension seems ever-present. What is a correct understanding of the place of grace and law in the life of a Christian? Further, what is an appropriate contrast? Law vs. no law? Law vs. grace? Law vs. gospel? Paul addresses some of the issues surrounding the place of the law in the life of…

  “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:29-30) G. K. Chesterton said, “Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting, as it has…

“….that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. I in…

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