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Being Okay with Different

King David, from the Bible, was an interesting fellow. He marched to the beat of a different drum. So much so, his Commander in Chief, Joab, stood aghast at his seemingly odd behavior. 2 Samuel 19:6 records for us the stinging remarks of Joab: You love those who hate you and hate those who love you. […]

Faith Trumps Character

An old friend used to say this and I think it has some merit to it: “Faith trumps character.” As I read through Genesis I’m always struck with this phenomena. The lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob make for good case studies. Does the Bible cast these men as hero’s of the faith? Yes. How bout models […]

How Many Times Must I Forgive?

Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”  Matthew 18:21-22 Is there a limit to forgiveness? Seems like that […]

Never Forget How To Dance

I Samuel 18:6-9 As they were coming home, when David returned from striking down the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments. And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, “Saul has […]

The Power of Love

Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.  Genesis 29:20 Now that’s the power of love – When years seem like days!  Jacob served seven years to get Rachel as a wife. 7 years! That’s a long time, especially doing something […]

Recognizing Jesus: Those Who Did

Luke 2:25-30 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen […]

Recognizing Jesus: Those Who Didn’t

“Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Luke 5:21 If you think of anyone most qualified to recognize Jesus it would’ve been the PHARISEES! We give them a bad wrap today because we know the end of the story, but they were actually a beautiful movement of the day. These were […]

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