Would we have made Paul’s decision? Sometimes it’s easier to interpret events around us as pointing to “the end of the world” rather than asking how a situation maintains or furthers God’s never ending vision for “the redemption of the world…”  …one person at a time, one neighborhood at a time, onenation at a time…  When Paul wrote his letter to the…

Psalm 32:6-8 “Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found. Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach Him.  You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.  I will instruct you and teach you…

I was thinking about the concept of “on-the-outside-thinking” versus “on-the-inside thinking” taught last Sunday, and the content of John 5:44 jumped out at me. First, the Scriptural context:  for 20 or 30 previous verses, Jesus has been defending and explaining His identity as God’s Son to the Jews.  In John 5:39-40 He has told them that they are…

The other morning I woke up after the night’s sleep and didn’t really feel rested or rejuvenated.  I had this sense that I would be “short on energy” to accomplish the numerous tasks scheduled for the day ahead.  As I was mentioning this during prayer, He surprised me by saying, “I have given you energy. Be thankful for…

People can be troublesome. Yes, that’s the way God made them.  Or should I say, made us.  Each and every one of us.  And all because He made us with a free will, a full range of emotions, a capacity for expressing (and embodying) both goodness and evil, blessing and cursing, kindness and unkindness. One of…

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