The Lie of Social Justice

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Mankind has a long history of seeking justice and righteousness: the first dealing with the practice of fairness, and the second dealing with moral truth.  It sounds like a very noble quest, except that a problem occurs when the definition of it changes according to who is defining it. Most…

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Where Is God?

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“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” These are the words Jesus spoke to His disciples in John 16:33 both to warn them of what lay ahead and to encourage them…

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Dangerous Alliances

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We have all heard the saying “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” While it carries a lot of truth, those relationships rarely outlast the momentary need.  In biblical times those alliances were often strengthened through arranged or negotiated marriages.  Such was the case between Jehoshaphat, King of Judah,…

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God Knows Best

Abraham Casting out Hagar and Ishmael by Guercino

The Bible is chock-full of amazing promises that God has made to His people.  There is no way in this short space to do justice to them all, and certainly each of us has our favorites.  I seem to gravitate to those that defy natural conditions and circumstances.  They elevate…

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The Here and Now

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When Tom and I were first married, we knew a couple who were on fire for God and talked about Him all the time, constantly punctuating their conversation with “praise the Lord!”  We would leave their presence choking for a breath of “normalcy” where life could continue without all the…

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Not Enough

With about a year to go before the primaries in our next national election, potential candidates from both main political parties are throwing their hats into the ring.  Concern over the state of our nation has all eyes on this process, believing the right leadership will make all the difference…

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Wrong Question

When reading familiar stories of Jesus’ earthly exploits, I have found it necessary to slow w-a-y down to fully understand the intricacies of the events.  The feeding of the 5000 in John 6 is a case in point.  Our attention is usually drawn to how five barley loaves and two…

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Not Pedigree, But Heart

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The book of Judges contains a disturbing account of a young Levite who became the priest of one man’s household hosting a shrine that was adorned with an ephod, household idols, a carved silver image and a silver idol.  This family was Jewish, and the Levite was a grandson of…

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