Thanks be to God!!

The opening of Paul’s joyous letter to the Phillipians.   Made all the more powerful, of course, because Paul wrote this while “suffering” in a Roman prison.  I put “suffering” in quotations because while we would certainly consider being in that prison to be suffering, Paul does not see it that way.  It seems that […]

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Seventy times Seven!

Short and sweet today. Another example of Peter presuming to know something only to be rebuked by Jesus. And a message for all if us as we come to Thanksgiving, a time when all of our powers of forgiveness just might be tested. Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I […]

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Trusting the Father

In the Gospel of Mark today, that “immediate” gospel that just keeps moving forward. Mark is telling the story here of Jesus following the will of the Father, trusting in the Father. Jesus and his disciples here are on the road to Jerusalem. It’s the time of Passover, but that’s not all they are going […]

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Male and Female

Sometimes I read things and it just makes me stop and think. About a month ago my pastor recommended for the church to read a book by Dr. James Garlow titled “Well versed – biblical answers to today’s tough issues.” He had copies available to take, so I took one. I’m still reading the book, […]

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In the Temple of the Lord

A powerful word from God delivered by Jeremiah at the temple gate in Jerusalem. Powerful enough, in fact, that this is what Jesus was reenacting at the “cleansing of the temple”, which was not so much an emotional cleansing as a pre-meditated protest of the temple by Jesus. If we read this with an open […]

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Signs and Privileges

We know from His temptations that Jesus was tempted to use the sensational to accomplish His purpose and mission, and in this short passage we can see why. Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” About the year AD 45, a man named […]

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Worship of Empire

When we last saw King Nebuchadnezzar, he had just fallen down to worship Daniel and his friends after Daniel had both described and interpreted his dream. “Then King Nebuchadnezzar threw himself down before Daniel and worshiped him, and he commanded his people to offer sacrifices and burn sweet incense before him. The king said to […]

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Nightmare of Empire

  The book of Daniel seems to have a great prophetic power, it seems to tell the future. And sometimes, the principalities and powers can be frightened of the future being told. It can seem nightmarish to them. But what is nightmarish to the empire is very often the dreams of the prophets. The dreams […]

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The Feast of Empire

I’m in the book of Daniel today. This book was key to Jesus and His understanding of His mission and who He was. The concept of the “son of man” that Jesus referred to Himself as was born here. The clearest reference to resurrection in the Old Testament comes from Daniel. The book of Revelation […]

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The Refugee

The life of Jesus contained some very high drama indeed, right from his very infancy. Being born in a cave, laid down in a manger, fulfilling prophecy and sparking thousand mile journeys. Just coming into the world was dramatic. The drama continues as the wise men have left to return to their homes – “And […]

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