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Chronicles

By the time we get to the Old Testament Chronicles (reading through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation), we’re tired of history. Done. After all, the Chronicles seems to repeat what we’ve just read in Samuel and Kings. Making it more difficult, it seems, is the really slow beginning of nine chapters of genealogies. Name after […]

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Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday. Most scholars believe that the word, “maundy,” comes from the Latin word “mandatum,” which means, “command.” It was on the Thursday of Christ’s final week before His crucifixion on, what we call, “Good Friday,” that He gave this command to His disciples while they were sharing the Passover meal: “A new […]

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MLK “The Other America”

The Other America Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Stanford University April 14, 1967 Members of the faculty and members of the student body of this great institution of learning; ladies and gentlemen. Now there are several things that one could talk about before such a large, concerned, and enlightened audience. There are so many problems […]

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Deception

Manipulation and deception might get you or me what we want when we want it, but at the high cost of relationships with our fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, and others. Reading through the Bible, I’m reminded how the patriarch Jacob became a deceiver by following the example and encouragement of  both his father, Isaac (Genesis […]

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After Acts

What happened to Paul after Acts? On the surface, it appears that Luke left Theophilus (Acts 1:1) and other readers hanging by not fully concluding Paul’s life story in Acts 28. “Then he [Paul] stayed two whole years in his own rented house. And he welcomed all who visited him, proclaiming the kingdom of God […]

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Resolving Conflict

As we gather together this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, we begin the Holiday season that provides significant time with family and friends. For many, however, the extra time with people is not a time of celebration, but of significant stress because of unresolved conflict — maybe even many years of it. The easy thing, the […]

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Victory

As we live on this earth and experience great pain, there are unanswerable questions we all ask and there are heartbreaking burdens we all bear. But, in all our questions and through all our problems, God’s great love prevails through the victory Jesus won on the cross in our place. “Because of the Lord’s faithful love […]

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Is Heaven for Real?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Heaven recently. I’ve been hearing people talk about it a lot, too. But it seems there are many prevalent misconceptions about what it is. Is Heaven for real? According to the Barna research group, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that there is a place called Heaven and a Hell, but what […]

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Running, climbing, and dancing

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a professional ballroom dancer,  breathes and lives dance.  One year ago, she went to the Boston Marathon with her husband, Air Force Captain Adam Davis, to celebrate his safe return from the war in Afghanistan. But 6,500 miles away from the war zone, a bomb went off in their own neighborhood.  The bomb severely damaged her left foot […]

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All for Love

The high priest (Caiaphas) said to Jesus, “By the living God I place You under oath: tell us if You are the Messiah, the Son of God!” “You have said it,” Jesus told him. “But I tell you, in the future you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the […]