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The Gotcha While browsing an online media source this week, I read a statement that gave me pause. It’s a strange sensation we feel when someone posts what they believe to be the ultimate “gotcha,” but their gotcha is so far off base that we want to shake them awake and get them to see…

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Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,“Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, ‘Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:The LORD bless you, and keep you;The LORD make His face shine on you,     And be gracious to you;The LORD lift up His countenance on you,     And give you peace.’“So they…

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We are told in 1 John that we should “walk in the light as he himself is in the light.”1 We walk in the light. God is the light, and he is in the light. The result of our walking in the light is that we have fellowship with others who also walk in the light. I read once that “darkness is…

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The debate over seeker-sensitive gatherings waxes and wanes, at times eliciting very strong objections and even anger from both sides of the debate. Those congregations that do not incorporate the seeker-friendly model will often have “Invite a Friend” Sundays wherein the entire service is revamped to accommodate the new faces in the crowd. This approach…

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Last week we explored the first of Jesus’ seven “I AM” statements in the gospel from John. There, Jesus taught that he is the bread of life. Feeding on Jesus, we know neither hunger nor thirst. This week, Jesus is the light of the world. I Am the Light of the World Again Jesus spoke…

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“Holy non-sequiturs, Batman!” exclaimed Robin. Burt Ward (Robin) proclaimed holiness over more tangible items and bizarre circumstances than my feeble mind can dream up or imagine, addressing targets ranging from “Holy Agility” to “Holy Zoro.” Wikipedia notes 368 “Holy ___ ” exclamations made by Ward over the three seasons the original Batman series ran (1966-1968).…

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I was reading Psalm 43 this morning. It is a brief, five-verse psalm, and in the middle, verse three says this: “Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!” (Psalm 43:3 – ESV) As I pondered that, I began thinking about…

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I can say, with confidence, that the current presidential election is the most disheartening of my lifetime. From where I sit, voters have no good choice. And the truth is so easily obfuscated by skilled candidate rhetoricians that many voters do not know what to believe. One candidate says to the other, “You said/believe/support ‘A,…

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