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My Name is Joseph (Part 3)

You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. It didn’t take me long to decide what to do.  For the several nights Mary came by every evening to try and see me.  I just had my father send her away – I thought I would see how she liked it for a while.  [...]

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My Name is Joseph (Part 2)

Part 1 is here. That day is crystal clear to me.  She had sent word about a week ahead of time that she would soon be on her way, and I started to get excited.  Sure, I wanted some answers about why she had left, but more than anything, I just wanted my wife back.  [...]

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My Name is Joseph (Part 1)

You may or may not know that I have a 10-year-old son.  In English, his name is Joshua; the Greek translation is Jesus.  Both of those sound pretty good, but I think I like best of all the sound of the original Hebrew name: Yeshua.  Yeshua does pretty much the same things that all 10-year-olds [...]

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Racial Diversity is the Gospel Apologetic of the New Testament

How do you know the gospel is true? All kinds of ways really. We know it’s true because of the fruit in our lives – the outworking of the Holy Spirit in tangible ways among us. We know it’s true because of historical validation and eyewitness accounts. We know it’s true because of the way, [...]

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What Makes You Angry?

What makes you really, really mad? Maybe it’s a small thing, but for whatever the reason, it pushes your buttons. It might be what happens to you on your daily commute; it could be when someone fails to show you respect; maybe it’s a certain trait in someone else that you just can’t stand. Whatever [...]

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“In”, “Of”, and Trail Mix

There are two words that are both applicable to the place of the Christian in relation to the rest of the world: “In”, and… “Of.” Jesus said both words about His brothers and sisters when He was praying for us in John 17: “I have given them Your word. The world hated them because they [...]

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What’s Better Than Jesus Beside You?

JD Greear answers that question: When it comes to the Holy Spirit, most evangelicals fall into one of two extremes. Some seem obsessed with him, relating to him in strange, mystical ways. Their experiences with the Spirit always seem to coincide with an emotionally ecstatic moment — triggered by a musical crescendo, the wail of [...]

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“Thank You I’m Not Like That Pharisee”

Maybe you remember the story Jesus told. Two people, as different in their stature as they were in the condition of their hearts. The first one, filled with himself, spent his time thanking God that he was not like all those other people – the greedy, the sinners, the adulterers – pretty much everyone else. He [...]

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When You Can’t Take the Words Back

Words create worlds. Words are powerful, and the way you use them determines the culture you create. It’s true in a business organization, it’s true in church life, and it’s true in the home. I am recognizing more and more the sheer power that language plays in all these arenas, but this weekend I became more [...]

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Why is Patience Such a Big Deal?

Love, joy, peace – these are the fruit of the Spirit that seem to get all the press. They should – these are all attributes that make the Christian distinct. What makes them even more distinctive is the fact that, for the Christian, these fruits seem to grow in the least likely of environments. That’s [...]

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