John the Baptist

“ Here and there, in clefts and basins, and on the hillsides, grade on grade, you observe a patch of corn, a clump of olives, a single palm.” “Even in the wilderness nature is not so stern as man.” Taken from Hepworth Dixon (“The Holy Land”) Metanoea, Metanoea  Metanoea! (Repent,...

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The “How” of Humility

The "how" of humility is simply to reckon on what the Lord Jesus Christ has already done for us and as us, and live by faith in His declaration of our death, burial, and resurrection with and in Him. "As He is, so are we [already] in this present, evil...

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How to Answer Our Discontent

We can be people of very short memory. We forget and ignore what the Lord has done for us. Consider the people of Israel and how quickly they lost sight of how God worked for them. For 400 years plus, the descendants of Jacob lived as strangers in a land...

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Healthy Leadership

Leaders are the ones with all the answers, the ones who have done it right without mistakes, the ones who know everything. The brilliant ones who multitask with one eye shut and a hand tied behind their back. No. Usually, it is the weakest people who refuse to quit and...

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The Power of a Pebble

Stones are lively, livelier than we think they are. We know this in one way because of the words of  Peter, an Apostle of Christ. Simon met Jesus, at the insistence of his brother Andrew. These fishermen were being introduced to the Lamb of God. He was pointed out to...

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How to Get Back to Appreciation

I have met many who have lost their appreciation for life. They’ve traded their ability to live freely, to love, and to laugh, for reactions, repressions, and denials. Some folks, hurt by love, have discarded love forever; it bears too much pain. Others, worn down by oppressive relationships, jobs or...

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Simon and the Touch of the Spirit

This is the oft-misunderstood story of Magic Simon. Simon was a something of a wizard, a conjurer in Samaria, as we read in Acts 8. He astonished people with his tricks and his words. He held audiences captive and became a great celebrity over his years there. He had status...

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A Prayer for His Own

Jesus’ great prayer for His own is what we find in John 17. This was a major moment in a night like no other on earth. The disciples’ Passover time with their Rabbi began ordinarily enough. They ate the supper as these Jewish believers had done since their childhood. They...

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