The Will of God the Father

What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ He answered, ‘I will not, but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he …

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Extending Hospitality

He said, ‘My lord if I find favor with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree.’ (Gen. 18:3-4) Every religious leader in town knew about Rabbi Harry Sky. He had been an outspoken advocate for the civil rights movement …

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The Fingerprints of God

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be …

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There is No Out, Only Through

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.  (Psalm 23: 4) This phrase flooded me right after someone asked me the following question two weeks after my daughter had died: “Jim, just how long do you think it will …

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Trusting in Jesus’ Love for You

Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.   (John 13:1) Today’s scripture says that Jesus loved his disciples “to the end.” This means that there would never be any end, any lessening, any withdrawing, or any dampening to the love He had for them. Today’s scripture also suggests …

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The Proof of God’s Love

But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) These words take my breath away because they proclaim a love I can’t fathom. God the Father loved us so much that He offered up Jesus to die for us. The words come so easily, …

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What Does It Mean to Practice Resurrection?

If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.   (1 Cor. 15:13-14) If the Father hadn’t raised Jesus from the dead, we would never have heard of Jesus.  Without …

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What Jesus Cares About

Some Pharisees came to him, and to test him they asked, ‘Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause?’ He answered, ‘Have you not read that the one who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason, a man shall leave his father …

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How Awesome Jesus Is

“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 Jn. 1:8) Have you ever attended a 12-step group? As a pastor, I sponsored dozens of such groups.  I supported them because I saw lives, families, and marriages saved through them. These groups usually start in the …

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Shining the Light of Jesus’ Love

You are the light of the world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may …

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