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Not too long ago, I had a brief exchange with someone who excitedly exclaimed that the Greek language was so cool because the Greeks had four words for “love.” “No,” I responded. “They don’t. Rather, English is such a limited language that it has only one word to convey four different Greek concepts.” That’s not…

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Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. Fess up! If you have kids, you’ve performed that aria. Even if you don’t have kids … well … you probably read that with the little…

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There are times when I believe western society could not be further removed from what Jesus calls us to be. The call, “Imitate me as I imitate Christ”1 rings hollow and cliché. We strive, rather, for advancement, comfort, status, making a name for ourselves. This is not the way of Christ. For you know the grace…

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“Text out of context is pretext,” our instructor said with resounding forcefulness. He was right, of course, and much misinterpretation of scripture has resulted from passages being ripped from their context and twisted to mean something wholly other than what was originally intended. Take prayer as an example. The Bible speaks extensively of prayer, how…

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I was once asked if I believed in the power of prayer. “No,” I answered. “I do not. But I believe unswervingly in the power of the one to whom I pray.” Similarly, I do not believe in “the Bible’s promises,” but I believe unswervingly in the one who made those promises that are recorded…

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Where scripture is concerned, saying it one time is sufficient, but when we are instructed repeatedly1 to engage the same behavior, we can safely reference that as a biblical mandate. “Be holy, for I am holy.” But what does that even mean? In truth, “holy” is such a simple term, but is has been so misused,…

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I’m not afraid of dying. I fear pain, but not death. Indeed, the older I grow, the more I understand the apostle Paul’s statement that he’s torn between dying and being at home with the Lord, and staying here for the sake of those left behind. Go, gather all the Jews to be found in…

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One of the more profound texts in the New Testament is found in 1 Corinthians 6:11 – “And such were some of you…” Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves,…

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I cannot count the times I have been told something along the lines of, “I just want to know God’s will for my life.” The sentiment is expressed in a variety of ways, and at times I have articulated that same desire. Trust in the LORD with all your heart,    and do not lean on your…

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