Jihadi John to Apostle John

Recently the world discovered the identity of the man in the videos that ISIS has been putting out detailing their savagery towards mankind.  There is now a bounty on his head for his capture.  Many want to see this man dead, and I do totally understand their thoughts.  The barbaric actions of ISIS deem the

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My Labor To Rest

Rest One of the greatest promises that Jesus gives humanity is found in Matthew 11:28-30: Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart,

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Throwing Stones at Jesus

One of my favorite Bible stories is found in John 8.  It’s about the women who was caught in adultery by the religious leaders.  They were testing Jesus to see how He would respond to this clear violation of the Law.  The Law was clear that adulterers were to be stoned. But Jesus went to

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Abundant Grace

Sometimes we have bought into the lie that says that God is holding back and that God is stingy.  God is not stingy.  God isn’t holding back from his children.   God told Adam and Eve not to eat from one tree in the Garden of Eden.  We seem to focus all of our attention

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The God Who Gets His Hands Dirty

True Christianity is not clean, tidy and sanitized.  There are many within the church that would like folks to believe it’s that way.  They come up with nice, neat answers to life’s complex problems.  They have developed cute slogans to help with challenging issues.  Everything fits into a nice, neat faith package. But life doesn’t

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Gracious Words Falling

Words can wound or they can heal.  Words can build up or tear down.  Words are powerful. And all were speaking well of Him, and wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; and they were saying, ” Is this not Joseph’s son?”  (Luke 4:22) I love the wording that Luke uses

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Ordinary: How to turn the world upside down (book review)

Once in a while I will read a book that not only captivates my attention but also convicts my soul.  Ordinary:  How to Turn the World Upside Down by Tony Merida is a book that has done both.  It’s a small book that one can easily get through in a couple of hours but the

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Entering 2015 with Empty Hands

A new year is upon us.  This happens every 365 days.  Every 365 days people begin talking about making changes, setting new goals, setting resolutions, wishing for a better year than the previous one had been. I quit making resolutions several years ago.  However, I will be setting some goals for 2015 as I need

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Top Five Viewed Posts for 2014

These are the posts that got the most views in 2014.  Navigating Our Seasons Clearance Sale Jesus God is not Boastful Communion in a manger God Speaks to Our Potential These are my personal favorites from 2014 (not in any particular order). The Cross of Jesus Changes Everything Jesus Gave the World the Right to

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A New Apostolic Reformation (book review)

In A New Apostolic Reformation?: A Biblical Response to a Worldwide Movement authors  R. Douglass Geivett and Holly Pevic bring a very much needed and honest critique of one of the fastest growing movements within the worldwide Church today.  Their purpose is not to write with contempt of this movement.  Their goals are two-fold:  to

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