Moving Day

man and woman moving boxes into home

The historical record of the patriarchs in the book of Genesis includes the account of Jacob with its timeless application.  We think of current society as being very mobile, but when a relocation was ordered by God, Jacob and his family packed up all their possessions and without the aid…

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Why a Baby?

image of a toddler's feet

The Israelites understood from prophesy that God intended to send them a Savior.  But the only hint on how the Messiah would come is found in Isaiah 7:14, “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (God with us).”…

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What Lies Buried

abraham's well complex at beer-sheva

When touring biblical historic sites in Israel it is common to hear the labels of “traditional” versus “authentic.”  Traditional sites are those that claim significance through word-of-mouth, but don’t necessarily have the physical evidence to back the claim.  Authentic sights are actually very rare, and are generally a result of…

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Just Add Water

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Many years ago, there were TV commercials introducing instant coffee, instant tea, instant gravy, and instant soups.  “Just add water!” was the tagline.  It was such a wonderous thing to have immediate access to foods and beverages that used to take 30 minutes to hours to prepare. On our recent…

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But There’s More

sign with arrow pointing left with the word more

The day that I came to know Jesus as my Savior was the greatest day of my life.  Ecstasy, love and peace that I had never experienced completely overshadowed the horrible days that preceded it.  This was a mountaintop experience I never wanted to leave, and believed could never be…

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Responsibility for Government

founding-fathers crafting u s declaration of independence

We live in a nation of the people, by the people and for the people – a republic, where supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, including an elected president.  Why then, do so many people feel oppressed by governing officials who seem to be making…

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Today’s Contrarian

rock concert

Several weeks ago, our son attended a heavy metal concert with some friends.  As adults with respectable careers, they decided to relive their wild days by dressing like the band in Goth clothing and make-up.  Their preconcert photo featured two friends as Goths, flanking our son in the middle, who…

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Crossing the Great Divide

mountain-pass

Great divides show up everywhere from schools of thought to geological terrains, but when a great divide occurs between friends, it can be very painful.  Most of us have experienced this unfortunate circumstance.  The well-intended friends who comforted Job by sitting with him in silence for seven days while he…

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