Will you die in peace?

Some of King David’s final  words are recorded in 2 Samuel 23:1-7. In this passage he acknowledges God’s “eternal covenant” that had not yet been fulfilled–a Messianic prophecy about Jesus, coming from David’s seed, Who would rule for eternity. David was certain that God would keep His word. Hence, these questions of confidence: Is not my house right with God?[…]

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Criticism or Critique?

This week let’s take a look at the difference between criticism and critiquing. Moses became the object of criticism by his own siblings. (Read Numbers 12:1-16).  He had married a woman from Ethiopia, and Miriam and Aaron criticized him for his bi-racial marriage. But, based on the questions they were asking, their criticism went deeper than disfavor over his marriage:[…]

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Using What You Have

When God called Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, Moses came up with a lot of excuses and “what-ifs?”  (Read Exodus 3-4). In this story, He asked Moses several questions to provoke awareness. But one question stands out above the rest: What is that in your hand?  Exodus 4:2 Moses was currently serving his father-in-law as a shepherd[…]

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Giving and the Government

When the rich ruler came to Jesus and asked “What must I do to inherit eternal life?“ Jesus instructed him to follow the ten commandments.  He replied that he had kept the commandments since he was a boy. Jesus then instructed him to sell everything he had and give it to the poor. The guy walked away sad because he[…]

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Late-Term Abortion was in the Bible!

Recently, the state of New York passed a bill to allow partial-birth and at-birth abortion–or infanticide. Sadly, other states are considering the same thing. The determining factor for killing these babies is the condition of the mother’s physical and mental health. In other words, if a mother’s hormones are out of whack during pregnancy and she’s not thinking rationally (which[…]

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Fake News Is An Old Problem

Is it just me, or is it becoming harder to discern truth from fiction–especially in the news realm? We hear a lot about “fake news,” partial truth, and slanted facts. It’s almost like people want what they believe to become the truth for everyone else to believe. This isn’t a new problem. It’s been an issue for centuries. Check out[…]

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Beware the Eli Effect

If you haven’t read it in a while, check out 1 Samuel 1-2. It’s a great story about Hannah, the woman who was unable to conceive, and Eli, the priest who was unable to perceive.. Notice that Eli remained seated while Hannah stood before the Lord and poured out her heart in prayer. Then from a distance, he made an[…]

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Uh-oh – Watch Your Words

In Matthew 25:14-30 we read the story about the master who gave three of his servants “talents” to invest. While the first two realized a gain on their investments, the third servant buried his, using the excuse that he was afraid of his master. His exact words: “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not[…]

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A New Year’s Question

If you’re like me, when you read the book of Proverbs, you’re probably amazed at the wisdom of Solomon. He penned those proverbs in his earlier years as king. Then, something happened (not sure what) to make him became a bit cynical in his later years. He continued writing, but his words sounded like he was rethinking his own proverbs.[…]

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