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Commandments Done Right

The word “commandment” is a word that sounds so forceful, so prohibitive, and so hard to us. We imagine a policeman shouting, “STOP!” when we consider it. So it may come as something of a surprise to hear John write these words in one of his letters: “For this is...

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Sifted and Sent

Peter was a marked man, marked by the devil himself. Hell viewed this fisherman as something of a soft target. Peter struggled with consistency as he walked beside the Savior of the world. Jesus met Peter, we read in John 1, because his brother Andrew, a faithful disciple of John...

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Creator, Creature and Creation

Beginnings are important. The first impression we get when we open our Bibles is that God is Creator. It was He who made the heavens and the earth, declares the first verse of Genesis. He didn’t need to do this. In making these things, God did not seek to add...

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Turn Aside and See

The Lord is continually waiting to be gracious to us and wanting to reveal Himself to us in deep ways. Let us simply receive Grace to be willing to turn aside from our way and walk in His, the "more excellent way". When God saw Moses doing so, He called...

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The God of Last Laughs

Isaac got found out. He told the Philistines that Rebekah was his sister. He wanted to hide the fact that she was his wife. He knew her beauty would make her desirable. He feared for his life; he thought King Abimilech would kill him and take her for himself. This...

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The Secret of Song

In the opening part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” we meet Bilbo Baggins.  He’s described as a little person who likes peace and quiet, laughter and food, as “all hobbits do.” Everything changed for him, however, when a wizard and a crowd of dwarfs showed up at his home. They...

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