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The Lamb Who Stayed.

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In Isaiah 53 there are two sheep. The first sheep is you and I, and this is what we did: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6) We are sheep who go astray. We know what is right yet […]

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3 Tools for Untangling tough Verses.

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Have you ever read a passage of scripture and thought, “What in the world does this mean?” If so you are in good company because even the Apostle Peter said that some of Paul’s writings are “hard to understand.” Because some passages are harder than others, I want to share three easy tools I use […]

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The Power of Forgiveness.

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God Forgives.  Have mercy on me, O God,     according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy     blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)  Forgiveness cleanses. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,     and cleanse me from my sin! (Psalm 51:2)  Forgiveness comes through confession. For I know my transgressions,     and my sin is ever before […]

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Drive, Bike, and Walk Through Scripture.

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This week on vacation I have done three things almost everyday. Drive. Bike. Walk.  All three are methods of transportation, but all three are quite different in form and results.  You drive because you want to get somewhere. It’s about the destination.  You bike because you want to see the sights and get some exercise […]

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My Bible Reading Plan

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One of the most joyful and fruitful things I do is read through the Bible from cover to cover over the course of a year. I do this by following a plan, and I find myself recommending this plan to people all the time, so let me recommend it to you. It’s called the ‘M’Cheyne […]

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Being Still Under Gunfire, Not Flowers.

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“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10a A Field of Flowers. As I read this verse, I couldn’t help imagining myself at the foothills of a beautiful mountain range, standing in a peaceful meadow next to a flowing stream of water. The air was crisps and the lilies were dancing to the […]

Exodus

The Real Hero

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Every really great story begins with a hero who is called upon to make wrongs right, cause good to triumph over evil, and win the day. In the second chapter of Exodus, we are told a birth story about a baby who would be named Moses, which leads us to believe he will be the […]

Exodus

Our Journey Begins

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Today we begin a journey through one of the greatest stories every told. It’s a story about slavery and redemption, struggle and triumph, hurt and heroism, bondage and freedom. It’s a story not so much about a people or a hero, but a story about a great God who fights for His own and comes […]

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3 Simple Ways to Hear from God

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In the Bible, God has spoken and is speaking. Because God is still speaking to His children today through His word, the question is, “Are you listening to where God is speaking?” Put bluntly, “Are you reading your Bible?” If the answer is no, or not very consistently, please read on! Below you will find […]