One Way or the Other

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Most people know the story of Jonah being swallowed by a great fish.  While many choose to look at it as an imaginative object lesson to teach obedience and the futility of running from God, in actuality, God has done stranger things than to allow a person to be swallowed…

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Time Out

Parental disciplinary tactics have changed somewhat through the years.  Spanking or paddling was most popular when I was a child.  Speaking to that is the comedic account of corporal punishment employed by one father that elicited fear and respect from all six of his children.  That is contrasted sharply by…

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Ranger Up!

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In the American military, the Rangers are to the Army what the Seals are to the Navy, both of them elite, specially trained fighting forces.  Most serious soldiers covet wearing the Ranger patch, but the fact is that two-thirds who undertake the training do not make it to the end. …

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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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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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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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Forgiveness Conundrum

jigsaw puzzle of man wearing glasses with one piece remaining to be placed. The missing piece is his eye

Jesus taught many hard Kingdom truths that are difficult to practice like loving your enemies and giving your possessions to someone who would otherwise steal them.  Many of us conveniently ignore these teachings, or at best make grudging obligatory attempts.  On the other hand, a majority of Christ-followers would probably…

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Urgent Wake-up Call

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In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells three parables identifying the type of people who will find themselves cast into outer darkness.  The first is the servant who in his master’s absence is left in charge of the household and personnel, but abused his power/position.  The second is about 10…

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