Tag Archives: Christian Life

Reflections

Why is there a “New Year”? Is it because we simply continue celebrating celestial events like the ancients did? For many it probably is, but there’s more to the story. Linear time was created with the rest of the universe. … Continue reading

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The Lord’s Day 12-31-17

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, therefore I will hope in Him!” – Lamentations 3:22-24 NKJV … Continue reading

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Amazed

Jesus chose to set aside His glory, take on flesh, and be one of us. Because of that, He initially had to go through a growth process. There’s a story recorded of Him engaging the temple leaders in conversation when … Continue reading

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Detours

Have you ever been driving along when a detour sign forces you off-course? The road of life can be that way too, and you’ve probably experienced it; having a route all planned when someone walks up holding a “detour sign” … Continue reading

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Expectations

God recognizes no boundaries but His own. When Jesus was born, the stable wasn’t an unwanted by-product of a crowded town, it was the plan. The timing wasn’t unforeseen, nor the circumstances. Jesus was born a Jew, within the confines … Continue reading

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Immanuel

For Joseph and Mary, the crude surroundings and odd circumstances of Jesus’ birth probably added to the long list of unanswered questions. What did it all mean?  In the midst of the chaos, there’s a moment Luke describes of calm … Continue reading

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Joseph

When choosing a husband for His mom/leader of their home, Jesus chose Joseph. We know very little about him, but what information we have is significant. He was a Jewish tradesman with no special social status; but the comment about … Continue reading

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Unanswered

Do your prayers ever seem unanswered? There’s a beautiful story in Luke of two people who struggled with silence…Zacharias and Elizabeth. They endured daily shame in a culture that believed no children was a sign of hidden sin. However, according … Continue reading

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Wisdom 14.12

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” – Proverbs 14:12 NIV At the end of it all, our opinions about “what’s right” will be irrelevant. Polling data, legal rulings, … Continue reading

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Orderly

Confusion can produce all kinds of mistakes; sometimes fatal ones. For those alive in the years following Christ’s resurrection, there was a lot of confusion concerning Jesus. Many had encountered Him during His travels, heard His stories, knew someone He … Continue reading

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Sustained

“Cotton candy” inspiration may be tasty, but the fluffy stuff just doesn’t last very long. Over the centuries, the people of God have faced rugged challenges and the Word of God has proven to be the only lasting source of … Continue reading

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Advent – Week 3 – Joy

“Christian joy is a settled gladness rooted in the grace of Jesus Christ.” “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy … Continue reading

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Shamgar

Thought about Shamgar much lately? Probably not. He was one of the Judges of Israel like Samson and Gideon. However, he rarely makes the cut for children’s Sunday School lessons because the entire biblical narrative of his life consist of … Continue reading

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Rain

There are points on the journey when life’s “weather” turns a sunny day into a dark rainy one. Those are the exact times when the words of Psalm 9 are most applicable. Somehow, making the decision to speak them aloud reveals … Continue reading

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Moved

Have you ever experienced the powerful presence of the Holy Spirit? A presence more real and lasting than manufactured excitement? In our world, there are a lot of voices speaking all manner of spiritual talk, but there is only one … Continue reading

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Wisdom 13.20

“He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm.” – Proverbs 13:20 NIV Over time, peers can influence our values, hopes, and dreams. The ideas and suggestions most often discussed around us will eventually … Continue reading

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Opinions

Opinions are endless. Each day, they’re printed, posted, tweeted, spoken, and advertised; but at the end of it all, these words will still be true: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands … Continue reading

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Joshua

In our culture that’s traded truth for tolerance, the concept of a line in the sand regarding values may be considered extreme. However, in a similar environment, Joshua (as leader of the Hebrews after Moses) made a bold statement doing … Continue reading

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Remembrance

Sometimes it’s good to pause and linger on these truths… “Remember the former things, those of long ago, I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.” (The gods of this world are … Continue reading

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Encouragement

Our souls long to know there’s more to this life than what we see. In the daily routine, there can be ups, downs, and boredom. Relationships can bring encouragement, but quite often; discouragement. The first century Christians knew the taste … Continue reading

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