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I have been somewhat taken aback by the volume of material posted over the last four or five months regarding the oppression of women in the body of Christ. To my shame, I did not recognize this was as widespread an issue as it seems to be. The pervasiveness of the issue is clearly evidenced…

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Stand by your convictions.

Last week, we saw Peter sleeping in prison while chained between two guards, and with two more standing watch at the prison gate. In relating the events of that story, I made mention of the Herod family but didn’t go into much depth. This week, I want to give you a history lesson on this…

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Note: Beginning this week, I am moving my blog publication day from Wednesday to Monday. Hopefully, it will help give you a bright start to your week Persecution? I am hearing an abundance of persecution talk among fellow believers and I tend to dismiss it. I suppose depending on how we define “persecution” one could…

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My wife, Alean, praising God at the summit of Park Butte, Mount Baker.

In the early 1980s, I attended the National Campus Ministers’ Seminar in Seattle, Washington. I was engaged as a Campus Minister at Kansas University, and this annual seminar, hosted in various cities in the U.S., was a regular event for me. The seminar involves the standard large group keynote messages intertwined with dozens of breakout…

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In mid-January of this year, I blogged about discerning the times and the seasons, and the futility of predicting Jesus’ return, as each prediction will prove empty. Even Jesus does not know when that return will occur, yet people try to predict/prophesy the exact date. We do know everything we need to know. Oddly enough,…

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I recently overheard a conversation wherein two people were discussing prayer. One was a prayer advocate and the other more of a scoffer. The scoffer asked the advocate, “So, you really believe in the power of prayer, huh?” The advocate responded, “No, but I believe very much in the power of God to whom I…

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Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. – Matthew 7:15, NIV-1978 False Prophets Scripture provides clear direction for discerning between false prophets and true prophets of Yahweh. Chief among those tests is whether or not what the supposed prophets prophesied came to pass (Deuteronomy 18:22).…

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This past Sunday, the sermon delivered to my local church family was a strong message on the unity of believers, drawn from the opening verses of Ephesians four. Over and over, we see the apostle Paul addressing issues of division in the body of Christ, believer against believer. Jesus marched toward his death praying (literally)…

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“Do you think Jesus will come back during your lifetime?” It is a question I have heard extending back as far as I can remember. Others phrase it as a statement of conviction, of surety, “I know Jesus will come back during my lifetime!” I tend to smile and chuckle at the way so many…

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Pharisees

There is some disagreement regarding the origin of the phrase “speak truth to power.” It is not clear whether the phrase originated with civil rights activist Bayard Rustin in the 1940s as a battle cry against black oppression, or if the phrase originated with the 18th century Quaker movement as a phrase that description of…

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