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Some people are oblivious. Or perhaps they are aware but simply do not care. Or maybe it is that they are aware but don’t believe X, Y, or Z applies to them. For months, now, our local Safeway store has had arrows on the floor designating one-way aisles. I have been diligent to observe these…

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This past week, I was engaged in a lively Twitter discussion that revolved around the importance of, effect of, and motivation for obedience – specifically, obedience to the commands of Christ. Obedience is not optional, but neither is it the end in itself. Jesus never said, “Obey me, and here’s the outcome of that,” but…

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A Hypothetical Tom and Jack are co-workers on the swing shift at Dirk’s Doumafladgie Manufacturing. Two weeks ago, a horrible explosion at the plant left Jack trapped in an interior room with a wall of fire blocking his only exit. Further complicating the matter, the explosion caused sufficient injury to Jack’s legs that he was…

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It was a gathering of university students, eager, young followers of Jesus. The leader of the discussion asked what was the most important part of being a Christ-follower. A flurry of answers engulfed us, answers like, "faith" or "love" or "trust." Each such response elicited a host of "yeah" or "uh-huh" or "amen" statements indicating alignment or agreement. The answers slowed as the group ran out of standard replies to offer, when the student sitting next to me chimed in with a bold and resolute,

It was a gathering of university students, eager, young followers of Jesus. The leader of the discussion asked what was the most important part of being a Christ-follower. A flurry of answers engulfed us, answers like, “faith” or “love” or “trust.” Each such response elicited a host of “yeah” or “uh-huh” or “amen” statements indicating…

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This coming Sunday (August 11, 2019), I have the privilege of bringing the word of God to the family of faith at Victory Christian Fellowship in Lynden, Washington. We will be talking about the nobleman who went away to receive a kingdom and then returned (Luke 19:12-27). With so many unknowns in the world, so…

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Imitation I suspect it is the practice of almost every toddler to step into mom or dad’s shoes. My granddaughter, Peyton, is intrigued by my shoes and looks adorable trying to wear them. Grandpa wears these things, so it must be important for me to wear them too, just like grandpa. We imitate those we deem…

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Late last evening, following the completion of a tiring “garage project” I relaxed with some cheese and crackers, and an episode of the retro series, Gunsmoke. This particular episode featured a family working its way toward California. There was no mother; just a nasty, selfish, hard father with his two cowering sons and terrified daughter.…

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“Follow me,” Jesus said. No fewer than 19 times in the four gospels I find Jesus uttering this phrase … “Follow me.” And just as frequently, we are incluined to respond with something similar to, “Well, I would. I really would like to, but…” Each of us has somehow persuaded ourselves that our lives are…

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Mister Bear is my love kitty – a bundle of endless snuggles, purrs and rubs, all connected to a wet nose. He’s not particular about how he lays during the snuggle sessions, so long as I’m snuggling with him as attentively as he’s snuggling with me. Forward, backward, sideways, tummy up, tummy down, it really…

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