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In this angry world…

We live in angry times.  Joy and peace can be thin on the ground when there is so much divisiveness, name calling and anger. Even among the brethren of believers we can hear grumbling, discord, and general kvetching about this politician or that, these people or...

Evangelical Confession

Confession of sin—specifically, one person confessing to another person may be one of the most misunderstood and yet one of the most helpful spiritual disciplines believers can use. The Bible rarely refers to this practice. James 5:16  “Confess your sins to one...

Welcoming Doubt

Welcoming Doubt Many of us are afraid to voice our doubts – perhaps especially around other believers.  We live in a culture that tells us truth is relative.  When we are confronted with other people who devoutly believe their faith, we wonder if ours is...

A Gentle Answer

Can you imagine apologizing for your Christian faith or behavior? I don’t mean saying “I’m sorry” when you speak or act as a Christian should. I mean did you ever have a chance to defend or explain your lifestyle as a Christian or your way of thinking? Defending or...

Begin Anew

January lends itself to self-examination:  out with the old, in with the new.   If you haven’t noticed, we serve a God who does “new” very well.  The Israelites had been 400 years in slavery in Egypt and he sent Moses to do a new thing among...

Growing in Grace

Grace is NOT a Blue-eyed Blonde is the title of a book by a Christian counselor. But we knew that already. Indeed, many of us have heard grace defined as either God’s unmerited favor or, using the acronym GRACE, as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” “Grace” is a...

Glory of God in a Wee Babe

I have family members who are not members of God’s family (yet).  One of them, knowing my faith, reminds me upon occasion that she does not need “a white male to save her.”  I forget that the culture in the USA usually shows Jesus as a white male. ...

The Prophet Who (Almost) Couldn’t Believe

Habakkuk (hu-BACK-uk) didn’t know whether to curse or cry when he saw sin of every kind around him. Injustice, immorality, greed, violence, and fake religion were just part of his nation’s sin. But God’s answer to all this seemed as bad as the sin. God was sending the...

WHEN IT ISN’T ALL TINSEL AND JINGLE BELLS

It is tinsel time.  And jingle bells. However, not every person is jolly this time of year.  As the tinsel goes up, for some, the soul drops into despair.   I have a very short word of hope for this:  God.  He is the first and the last...

Homemade Religion

OK, it isn’t the greatest mystery in the world. But, those goods in the store that say “home made,” in whose home were they made? Are stores implying the ingredients for these goods were chosen with loving care then prepared with personal, loving interest, maybe even...

Glory of God in a Wee Babe

I have family members who are not members of God’s family (yet).  One of them, knowing my faith, reminds me upon occasion that she does not need “a white male to save her.”  I forget that the culture in the USA usually shows Jesus as a white male. ...

The Prophet Who (Almost) Couldn’t Believe

Habakkuk (hu-BACK-uk) didn’t know whether to curse or cry when he saw sin of every kind around him. Injustice, immorality, greed, violence, and fake religion were just part of his nation’s sin. But God’s answer to all this seemed as bad as the sin. God was sending the...

WHEN IT ISN’T ALL TINSEL AND JINGLE BELLS

It is tinsel time.  And jingle bells. However, not every person is jolly this time of year.  As the tinsel goes up, for some, the soul drops into despair.   I have a very short word of hope for this:  God.  He is the first and the last...

Homemade Religion

OK, it isn’t the greatest mystery in the world. But, those goods in the store that say “home made,” in whose home were they made? Are stores implying the ingredients for these goods were chosen with loving care then prepared with personal, loving interest, maybe even...

Chutes and Ladders

Most of us played a game in childhood called “Chutes and Ladders”  (or perhaps “Snakes and Ladders”?).  All players start in one corner of the game board with the objective of getting to another corner of the board along a meandering path.  Along the...

Trusting God

The chorus of an old hymn begins with “Trust Me, try Me, prove Me says the Lord of Hosts.” The words reflect God’s challenge to His people in Malachi 3:8-10. In those verses God challenges His people to trust Him, bring Him their whole tithe, and to discover that He...

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