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Rotating Themes Something I noticed decades ago (I’m old) is that television programming runs in thematic cycles. It was more noticeable in the days before cable TV and satellite programming. We had only three channels for most of my formative years. It was hard to miss that there was an era of hospital shows. Each…

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Have you ever sat on a jury? I know it makes some people cringe, and they will work with diligence to find a way to get out of serving. I have found jury duty to be a fascinating experience. I got called to the jury pool three times in one year. One of them was…

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It is a rarity for me to call out a single person’s gross error on my blog. I cringe writing blog posts like this one. I’m far more interested in building up and encouraging by passing along teaching that exhorts and equips. Today, however, that is not the case. There are things that happen, so…

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One of my favorite movie lines comes from The Magnificent Seven. It is a scene in which Chris, trying to recruit members for his team, is explaining the job to Harry. Harry is so convinced there is a huge score tied to the job that he keeps interrupting Chris as he tries to explain their…

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Abide with me; fast falls the eventide.The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.When other helpers fail and comforts flee,Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me. It is a beautiful hymn, and a compelling cry of the heart. Stay with me Jesus. Walk with me through this. It is a cry we make to the one who…

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The varied events in the life of Samson make for a fascinating read. At times I pore over them in astonishment that Samson could be so obtuse and reckless, yet God used him repeatedly for his purposes and his glory. Set apart as a Nazarite from birth,1 Samson did little to live up to and honor…

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We hear a lot about “calling” from various passages, and equally varied speakers. It’s another one of those religious words we speak and hear and occasionally nod in agreement, doing so whether or not we really understand the word. Sometimes the head-nod means, I’m uncertain what you really mean, but I’m trying very hard to follow…

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If you have been a Christ-follower for any length of time, you have encountered that critic who decries the Bible as “inconsistent,” because the old covenant God is harsh and wrathful while the supposedly same God of the new covenant is all about grace and love. Almost like it’s two different Gods. I understand how…

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I AM and Moses God called Moses to act as his messenger to the Pharaoh of Egypt, the nation that had long oppressed and enslaved the Hebrew people. Moses was to be God’s representative to Pharaoh, demanding that Pharaoh let the people of God go free. Amid Moses’ flurry of pathetic excuses for not serving as God’s…

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