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Christmas Message 2015

Last Sunday (2015), in church, there were some large impressionistic murals on the stage by the artist who would be speaking at our annual women's dinner that night. I wasn't all that impressed, but after hearing his story of Jesus, being told as he painted in the details on his murals, I was very...

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Reminders Through a Rose

On Mother's Day (2015), the children in our church handed roses out to the mothers. The thought process I'm about to describe happened within a few seconds, but it was revealing, never-the-less. The children had red, white, and pink roses. I liked the deep, rich color of the red ones and was...

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God’s Grace in Grief

Posted 2015. Deuteronomy 29:29 "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of the law." The things God has revealed in the Bible are for all of us to know: His character, His plan of salvation...

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Let the Lord Serve You

Posted 2015. At the last supper, when Jesus knelt to wash Peter's feet, Peter objected. But when the Lord said it was necessary, Peter allowed it. At a recent Good Friday service, I was not even as obedient as Peter. In one of my Bible studies, we've been taking the perspective of seeing Jesus in...

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New in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Jesus said the truth would set us free (John 8:31), but in order for that to happen, the truth has to go beyond mere intellectual assent and enter into our soul and emotions. This requires prayerful meditation and periodic reminders. The following is one such meditation, and I pray all God's...

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Christmas Reflections (2014)

Posted 2014. "They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness." Psalm 145:7 As we gather with family and friends this season, I'm so thankful for the greatest gift of all: Jesus Christ! I've recently been reading in the book of Leviticus and I'm so thankful we no...

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Transparent, Transforming Love

There are many things, negative and positive, that motivate us to try to change: guilt, fear, anger, pride, a desire to be healthy or to improve at something, etc. Operating under those motivations may work for awhile, but sooner or later we'll burn out and give up. Think of how many New Years...

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How Long, O Lord?

I love psalms like Psalm 13 because I can really relate. In verses 1-4 the psalmist vents. He asks the Lord how long he must wait for the answers to his prayers. He even pours out his emotions--feeling like God has forgotten him (even though he knows He hasn't). He speaks of wrestling with his...

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A Gift for Jesus

Many years ago, Anne Graham Lotz was the December guest speaker at a Bible study I attended. One thing she mentioned was that, every year, she asks Jesus what sacrificial gift He would like from her for Christmas. That really struck a chord with me, and I've been doing the same ever since. I can...

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An Attitude of Thanksgiving

Posted 2013. As we approach the national holiday of Thanksgiving, I was reflecting upon my recent reminder of what it looks like to "give thanks in all circumstances" (1 Thessalonians 5:18). I had recently asked the Lord to help me fast and rest in Him. He then brought good out of being sick. I...

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