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Making the Move

Making the MoveI think the very first time that I ever understood the reality that sports is a business was as a boy of thirteen when Frank Robinson, my favorite player at that time, was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles. Robinson was outstanding in every phase of the game, and played with a…

Am I Blessed Like This?

Am I Blessed Like This?When we first read the statements of Jesus, they seem wonderfully simple and unstartling, and they sink unnoticed into our subconscious minds. For instance, the Beatitudes initially seem to be …

Let’s unravel a puzzling statement that Jesus made about being rich

Let’s unravel a puzzling statement that Jesus made about being richYou don’t have to be a tailor to know that a camel won’t fit through the eye of a needle. But according to Jesus, that’s easier than someone who is wealthy getting into heaven!

the bedrock

the bedrockOur recent move to the country has been an adventure in many ways. The stars are amazing in the open sky, bugs and spiders exist in abundance, and well water …

Where is God in an F4 tornado?–Margie’s Story

Where is God in an F4 tornado?–Margie’s StoryWhen natural disasters strike, the results are often traumatic and can cause people to question God’s goodness. Margie recounts her personal experience surviving a devastating F4 tornado. Be inspired by this captivating story of God’s overwhelming faithfulness in the midst of tragedy. Find out more of what the Bible says about “When Tragedy Strikes.” We…

Looking For Zacchaeus

Looking For ZacchaeusAlf Clark walks the city streets looking for Zacchaeus. Well, not the actual one in the Bible—Jesus already found him. Alf and some friends who serve with an urban ministry do what Jesus did in Luke 19. They go purposefully through town to meet with and help those in need.

His Nature and Our Motives

His Nature and Our MotivesThe characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. …

What We Really Need

What We Really Need“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing’” Revelation 3:17

Veruca Salt, one of the not-so-sweet characters in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was notorious for demanding whatever she wanted. Her indulgent parents didn’t…

Gain a new perspective on following Jesus

Gain a new perspective on following JesusWhat does it take to get into heaven? Do we have to obey every rule? If we live a good life are we in? Let’s turn to Mark chapter 10 and Jesus’ advice to a young man working hard to get to heaven.

sin-eaters

sin-eatersMany years ago, sin-eating was practiced in parts of the UK and the US. A sin-eater was normally a poor, hungry person who was brought to the home of a dead…

He Calls The Stars By Name

He Calls The Stars By NameOn a plateau high above the Atacama Desert in Chile, the world’s largest radio telescope is giving astronomers a view of the universe never seen before. In an Associated Press …

The Whole Package

The Whole PackageOne of the ads run on TV in advance of the All Star was promoting baseball’s best player, Mike Trout of the LA Angels. The promo said that Trout, “Hits like Mickey. Runs like Rickey. Fields like Willie.” By the way, that would be Mickey Mantle, Rickey Henderson, and Willie Mays. To call that high…

Sanctification (2)

Sanctification (2)The Life Side. The mystery of sanctification is that the perfect qualities of Jesus Christ are imparted as a gift to me, not gradually, but instantly once I enter by …

Born Free

Born Free“If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36

I remember one commute when I ended up following a busted-up pickup truck that sported a bumper sticker proudly announcing, BORN FREE. As I thought …

Find out that it’s not about what we can do, but who we trust for our salvation

Find out that it’s not about what we can do, but who we trust for our salvationWhat do I have to do to get into heaven? It’s a question men and women have been asking for centuries. Our study of the rich young ruler continues.