The First Silent Night

 “Silent night, holy night – all is calm …” So begins one of the all-time favorite carols of this season. Over the coming weeks, this song will be sung throughout churches as Christmas Day approaches. Silence, calm – these are not words that describe what many experience during these days....

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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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Balm for Bitterness

Ruth came out of Moab, a nation with a strange and despicable origin. This people group’s ancestry reached back to Lot and the days after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the midst of his family’s escape from the fire fall, Lot’s wife lagged behind and turned her gaze...

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Our Rock, Our Redeemer

“O, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). From here, from there, from the uttermost parts, we came. People of faith and purpose and joy and mission gathered to celebrate the finished work of Jesus Christ. As people who stand upon the Rock, as people who build their lives...

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A Victorious Self-Image in Virtue Love

Subjectivity is the cause of so many problems for believers in churches today. It establishes a mindset that is a direct result of Adam's Fall. Beginning with a preoccupation with self, subjective Christians evaluate people, situations, and even the Word of God according to relative righteousness (with self as the...

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