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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The Way of Forgiveness

burlap bag filled with money

As the authority on forgiveness, Jesus had a lot to say about it at a time when people had very little understanding and almost no experience in the subject.  The 613 laws of the Jews did an effective job highlighting sin. But as the people understood it, only God could…

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400:1 Ratio

chemist

When Israel was divided into two kingdoms, Jehoshaphat, a king who faithfully followed the Lord, ruled Judah, while Ahab, a king who worshipped Baal, ruled over Israel.  The two Israelite nations had previously warred against each other, but now were allied through a royal marriage.  So when Ahab wanted to…

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Interpreting Current Events

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If it seems that life in our nation has taken an evil turn, it’s not your imagination.  Not only do the headlines of factions, violence, and subjugations back it up, but many have personally experienced it.  What used to happen to “someone else” has arrived on the doorstep. This additional…

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So Hard, Yet So Good

Wife begging and angry husband

Few things commanded by God confound us as much as the issue of forgiveness.  Jesus specifically taught on the subject many times, highlighting it in His instruction to His disciples on how to pray; what we call The Lord’s Prayer.  With a paralytic, He elevated the act of forgiving above…

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God Calls Nobodies

man looking at smartphone in the dark

No one studying Moses would consider him a “nobody”.  Acts 7:20-22 states that even at his birth, “he was no ordinary child,” which prompted his mother to disobey Pharaoh’s order to drown all Hebrew baby boys in the Nile.  When Pharaoh’s daughter discovered Moses in his waterproof basket among the…

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Fighting the Current

kayak on rapids

Paddling white water is one of the most exhilarating experiences I know. My love of navigating challenging waters began in childhood on the large creek flowing through our farm. Through the years I mastered a wooden flat-bottom boat, a rowboat, a canoe, and finally a kayak. With each boat, it…

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I Love You So Much It Hurts

painted broken heart

Have you ever loved someone so much that your heart literally ached for them? This intense feeling happens most often when we are apart from “the one our heart desires,” usually a fiancé or spouse, but it can also be a child, or grandchild. It’s hard to believe we can…

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