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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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Does the reality of the presence of the LORD frighten you? Thrill you? Maybe both, as though, “Yes, I have reverence, but also some fear?” And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the…

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In the twenty-sixth chapter of the book of Acts we find Saul/Paul standing before Agrippa, recounting his journey to Damascus to rage fury against the believers there. It is on this infamous journey that Jesus fell upon Saul as a bright light, knocking Saul to the ground and blinding him for three days. Toward the…

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The bait and switch is a sales and marketing technique that is both widely employed and highly effective. You want X? Here, I’ll give you X for just $9.95 per month for the first twelve months – the bait. We take the bait and at month thirteen we find that the “small print” kicks in…

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In the 1990s, there was a band, five o’clock people, a fully-acoustic, coffee-house ensemble that popped up in Portland, Oregon. They were unique and, in many ways, quite good. One of their songs titled Lunar describes the difficult pursuit of faith as “a lunar endeavor” wherein we constantly grasp for daylight but end up with fistfuls of…

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The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is a convicting read, frequently referred to as “The Great Roll Call of Faith.” That’s an apt description for a chapter forty verses long wherein name after name after name after name is called out, noted for inspiring faith in the face of horrific opposition. The chapter opens like this:…

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I talk and write often about our battle being not against flesh and blood. Our battle is not against the person standing in front of us, or against the antagonist “shouting” at us through the computer monitor. We battle against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. We are physical participants in a…

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One of the more familiar and oft-quoted verses of the Old Testament is the opening line to the final chapter of Ecclesiastes. I’ll quote it here from the King Jim since that’s how most will have heard it. Remembering “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth . . . – Ecclesiastes 12:1, KJV…

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I am uncertain why this is, but I have always felt a certain affinity toward the book of Jeremiah. It is loaded with amazing stories, events, and prophetic teaching/warning. Coming in at 33,002 words, Jeremiah holds the honor of being the longest book in the biblical canon. There is one unique thing about Jeremiah –…

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There is a phrase I heard in seminary that has stuck with me for decades because it is both catchy and true. “Text out of context is pretext.” For Christmas, last year, Alean made me a coffee mug that says, “I can do all things through a verse taken out of context.” Context is critical,…

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