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Lessons from Jesus’s ministry

1) Never ignore the simple talents and ordinary gifts within our reach. Jesus always used what was already there and did extraordinary things. He used the disciples boats on one occasion to teach people, 5 loaves and 2 fishes  to feed a crowd, water in a jar to turn to wine, a donkey and so on.  He could have fed the crowd out of nothing or created wine out of nothing. But he demonstrated that the simple things we have have great potential in God’s hand. God delights in simple things.

Sold or Sent?

Why do bad things happen to good people? That question has plagued humanity since the beginning of time, and is no less a concern for people in 2019. In fact, as our culture moves farther away from its biblical moorings, the issue might seem more confusing today than ever. Just recently, I spent a protracted […]
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Behind the Scenes

After a grueling fall semester, my oldest son, Ryan, is still home for a much-needed break before heading back to campus. But the time has passed quickly leaving only one short week with us before returning to school in Charleston at the American College of the Building Arts where he’s in his junior year in […]
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Cultivating Contentment

Christmas is packed away once again and it’s time for us to turn our attention to a new year. But as soon as the last scrap of wrapping paper is swept up and tossed away, it seems as if the joy of the season goes with it too. I mean, haven’t you already thought about […]
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Future Joy

Christmas 2018 is officially behind us and most of us will finish boxing up the decorations in the next few days. As you take down the garland and wrap up the ornaments, you might just have a faint echo of a Christmas carol playing in the back of your head.  Maybe it’s one more verse […]
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Do You Know?

Recent years have bought us many new and wonderful Christmas songs, and one is on its way to becoming an enduring classic is Mary, Did You Know? Mary did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water? Mary did you know that your baby boy would save our sons and daughters? […]
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The Journey

We three kings of orient are, Bearing gifts we traverse afar Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star. Oh, star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright. Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light. You’ve no doubt heard the lyrics to this familiar Christmas carol many times, […]
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Fitted for Heaven

I was always in the Christmas play at our church when I was a kid, so after the cast was selected for this traditional and familiar dramatization, we took our assigned roles as wise men, shepherds, angels or the holy family. More often than not, I was in the shepherd group and donned the standard […]
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Dwelling in the ‘Now’

This week I was out and about gathering supplies for Thanksgiving dinner, and as expected the store was full of other like-minded shoppers. But as I wheeled my cart through the crowded aisles, I began to notice something missing. Thanksgiving. Oh yes, as you would expect, there were stacks of cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes […]
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Beneath the Surface

Last week, I was working through a Bible study I was to deliver to a class on the first chapter of Joshua, and quickly discovered that there was more to learn than just an understanding of historical facts. To grasp the tension of Joshua’s commissioning as the man to lead Israel into the Promised Land, you […]
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