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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 evinced…

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The apostle Peter once wrote of his fellow apostle … [Paul’s] letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.– 2 Peter 3:16b, NIV-1978 It is the case that Paul’s intellect was impressive. Generations of theologians have puzzled over…

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Just this morning I read a heartbreaking thread from a young woman on Twitter who has decided that prayer is pointless and she has stopped praying as a result. Not cut back. Stopped. Completely. Several others chimed in with some form of, “Yeah, me too. Gave up praying years ago.” I’ll admit that I struggle…

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In 1995, a killdeer had a nest of offspring on the back side of a bump-stop in the parking lot of Wall Data where I was working. Why the nest was in that spot rather than someplace safer, I have no idea. Any time a seeming threat came close to the juveniles in the nest,…

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I shared with you not so long ago, a sermon point I made when speaking before my home church family that “Life is Pain.” It’s not a happy point to make, and we did ultimately turn it to a good thing. There are times when life’s sorrows are so overwhelming that we see little to…

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“Oh, get real, will ya?” Such is the retort one might hear when others believe we are living in a fantasy world, or are not seeing things in life as they really are. “You need to start living in ‘the real world.’” I have seen similar statements made against those who invest great qualities of…

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Sometimes the Bible says things that leave us scratching our heads and asking, “Huh? How can this be?” The record of Abraham’s passing is just such a passage. Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.– Genesis 25:8, ESV…

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I preached a sermon recently as part of a team preaching through 1 Peter. The second point of that sermon was, “Life is Pain.” That’s just a fact. Life is pain. Peter jumps with both feet directly into that reality. Jesus modeled a life of prayer for us. The apostle Paul directs us to “pray…

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Many years ago, I arched more than a few eyebrows (no surprise) when I preached a sermon that didn’t just hint at or suggest, but outright stated that there is something we can do to hasten the return of Jesus. To some, the audacity of such an idea was borderline blasphemous. But for those who occasionally pray,…

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Toward the end of the last chapter of the last book of the Bible, we find this invitation. The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires, take the water of life without cost.– Revelation 22:17,…

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