Early Israelite history recapped in the book of Deuteronomy is a fascinating study of God’s instruction and care for one nation that He selected to be His light to other nations.  He demonstrated His love and provision starting with their deliverance out of slavery in Egypt through the 40 years of wandering in the desert. …

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When God gave the Law to Moses, He went into a lot of detail with regard to handling mildew that might appear on articles of clothing, leather, and containers, as well as on walls of houses.  The Lord was very specific about the various types of mildew, the tests to use to distinguish which was…

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Jesus warned that the final days would be terrible times where people would be pitted against each other who might otherwise to be respectful and supporting.  It is alarming, but perhaps not so surprising to see it in national factions, but when it appears in the church, it is especially disturbing.  The church is supposed…

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The Sunday school lesson of Samson taught to children presents him as a Herculean character, the strongest man in the world.  His brute strength enabled him to tear a lion apart with his bare hands, to shred new ropes binding him by simply flexing his muscles, and to kill 1000 men with a donkey’s jawbone…

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street signs with question mark

The search for truth is an age-old quest of man.  We want truth that makes sense, based on evidence, until the evidence changes and we have to look for other criteria.  Perhaps truth should be based on what is right, or maybe on belief systems.  But that truth becomes shifting sands, as there are almost…

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christmas-feast

I’ve often wondered how it felt to be one of the shepherds that witnessed thousands of angels igniting the dark night sky in glorious, celebratory praise to our Savior being born. Those men had no pre-announcement or warning of any kind: the routine stillness of the evening punctuated by insect sounds and the crackle of…

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name badges

Most expectant parents dedicate much thought (if not prayer) to naming their baby. For good or bad, that name becomes an identity element, which means that changing it is a big deal. All of us probably know someone who has changed their name because they felt it didn’t properly reflect who they are. But in…

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There was a playful story we used to recite as children that required the listeners to respond, “Oh, that’s bad.” That comment would be immediately refuted as the story continued in a positive direction, evoking the comment, “Oh, that’s good,” to which the speaker would respond, “No, that’s bad,” as the story took a downward…

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