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Trials

Could there have been anything more tedious, anything more ill-timed for Mary and Joseph than following political orders to travel for a census when she was 9 months pregnant?  I imagine the tiresome commute to Bethlehem and their disappointing search for lodging was not immediately recognized by Mary and Joseph as something “good” from the Lord. […]

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Advent Bible Christmas Faith Jesus

In Those Days

Faith in Jesus’ incarnation certainly requires belief in the supernatural work of God, but it’s not a leap beyond reason. In the Gospel of Luke, the author carefully investigated and provided specific details about the political rulers and setting surrounding Jesus’ birth that were important to Theophilus (Luke 1:3-4), perhaps a political leader himself, whose […]

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Bible Death Heaven Living

Land of the Living

We think we are in the land of the living on our way to the land of the dying. Nothing could be further from the biblical truth. You and I are in the land of the dying on our way to the land of the living. Professor Howard G. Hendricks, “Never Stop Growing” Founder’s Week […]

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Adversity Bible Doubt Faith Living Prayer

Rubik’s Cube

I’ve never been able to figure out a Rubik’s Cube. I know – you figured it out in elementary school. And yes, 30 years later there are You-Tube videos showing you exactly how to solve it. But it’s always stumped me. It’s not that I haven’t tried. I’ve seen others do it. Hearing them say […]

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Bible Prayer

Prayer and Honor on Presidents’ Day

Today we recognize Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents’ Day, as a day to honor the life work and sacrificial service of George Washington, the first President of the United States. We also recognize the work and service of President Abraham Lincoln as his birthday was also in mid-February. In practical use, Presidents’ Day has become a […]

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Bible Happiness

How to have a Happy New Year

Most people will look for happiness in 2015 in their circumstances (jobs, possessions, health, entertainment, sports) or in their relationships (boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, children, or friends) only to discover that things and people change. I read a tragic, brief story in the New York Times this week about Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who killed two NY […]

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Adversity Bible Church Happiness Jesus Living

Discouragement

Have you ever been discouraged? The days are lonely and the nights are long. Discouragement typically comes to us because we’ve looked outward and found that our expectations of life or expectations of others have not been met. Problems, especially relational problems, tend to isolate us and discourage us. So after looking outward and becoming discouraged, […]

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Bible Happiness Life Living

Happily Ever After…

Every fairy tale has the same formula. It begins with, “Once upon a time…” and ends with, “they lived happily ever after.” Ask almost any person what they want out of life, and they’ll most likely reply, “I just want to be happy.” As Americans, the pursuit of happiness is written into the U.S. Declaration of […]

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Bible Jesus Living

The “R” Word

Over the years, the “R” word has developed a bad reputation. Repentance has gotten a bad rap. Perhaps, for far too long repentance has been used as a weapon against people rather than an encouragement to people. Driven by fear of hell and judgment, calls to repentance most often are intended to bring about a change in […]

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Bible Living Maturity

Wisdom for a world gone wild

Contrary to popular opinion and New Years’ optimism, the world is not getting any better. Read any year-end summaries of 2013 global events and people  (Time, WSJ, Yahoo, Dave Barry, and even Facebook) and you’ll see there are still wars (Syria, Egypt, Afghanistan) and rumors of wars (Iran, South Korea, Pakistan). There are still murders (Trevon Martin, […]