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What Keeps Us From Believing Genesis 50:20?

Imagine the scene with me. Years had passed since they had parted ways. Those years had humbled the brash, overconfident young man in the beautiful coat given to him by his father. Those same years, along with the struggle and famine, had softened the bitterness and anger of his brothers who had thrown him into [...]

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Cultural Engagement

A great post about the nature of cultural engagement from Russell Moore: Early in my ministry, I served as a youth pastor, and like every other evangelical youth minister, I received all the advertisements from youth ministry curriculum-hawkers telling me how I could be “relevant” to “today’s teenagers.” The advertisements promised me ways I could [...]

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“Remember Who You Are”

Today two of our three kids will get dropped off at school. It’s the yearly ritual of picking out the right first day outfit, getting back into the routine of making the lunches and getting up on time, pictures alone, pictures together, getting the right shoes on the right feet, and then eventually getting out [...]

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Walk Carefully, Christian, But Not In the Way You Might Think

Our family lives in a relatively old house, built in the late 1950’s. It’s a great old home that’s been through some renovations in the last years, but through all the gutting and knocking down of walls we’ve kept the same hardwood flooring that’s been there from the beginning. While it’s great looking, complete with [...]

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Taking Purah

The story of Gideon reads like a roller-coaster. First, he’s afraid of everything, hiding in a winepress. Then he gets a call from God to lead Israel’s army, but he puts God to the test by throwing out some fleeces and asking them to be both wet and dry. Then when he’s got the assurance [...]

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Don’t Fall Into Sin When You’re Bringing a Brother Out of It

Contrary to the popular saying, we are, according to the Bible, our brothers’ keepers. Growing in Christ, while having some dependence on the individual, is also pictured in Scripture as a collective effort. We are to grow together. Walk together. Live together. In fact, many of the commands issued in the New Testament can’t possibly [...]

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A Tale of Two Gentiles

There was once a Gentile woman… Uneducated… Poor… Immoral… Unconventional… Outcast… and without hope: “By faith, Rahab the prostitute received the spies in peace and didn’t perish with those who disobeyed…” (Hebrews 11:31). And there once a Gentile man… Educated… Wealthy… Upstanding… God-fearing… Respected… and without hope: “Can anyone withhold water and prevent these people [...]

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Every Open Door Isn’t Meant to Be Walked Through

Imagine that you are visiting a friend who lives in apartment complex. You Mapquest your way to the complex, but your friend didn’t give you the specific number of his apartment, so you start walking up and down the hallways where every door looks the same. You’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for – [...]

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Are You With God?

This week is my birthday, and like most years, I find myself approaching this year with no small amount of reflection. I think about not only the single year behind me, but the particular stage of life I happen to find myself with our family in right now. Here is one of the things that’s [...]

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Why was Judas Carrying the Money Bag?

A good question, thoughtfully answered here by Jon Bloom: Jesus could have given the moneybag to Nathaniel, “an Israelite indeed, in whom there [was] no deceit” (John 1:47), or to John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 21:20), or to Levi, who had extensive financial experience (Luke 5:27). But he didn’t. Jesus chose Judas to [...]

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