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Devotion for September 30, 2008

September 30, 2008

Devotion for September 30, 2008 Although 1 and 2 Thessalonians are two of the shorter Pauline letters, we’ve still covered a lot of ground in our study this month. Let’s briefly review some of the main issues that we’ve examined. We began with Paul’s sincere praise for the evidence of God’s transforming work in the Thessalonians, together...

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Devotion for October 08, 2008

October 8, 2008

Devotion for October 08, 2008 The Christmas Truce of World War I is a famous peaceful moment. On the Western Front, on Christmas Eve of 1914, German and British soldiers unofficially ceased fighting and celebrated together. According to one letter by an unknown British soldier, Germans lit candles along the trenches and wished their enemies...

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Holy Ground and Sacred Space

December 4, 2011

Holy Ground and Sacred Space In Charles Dickens’s novel Bleak House, the homeless boy Jo shows the disguised Lady Dedlock the cemetery where her former lover is buried. It is a rat-infested “little tunnel of a court” which serves as kind of mass grave for paupers. Horrified by what she sees, Lady Dedlock questions her guide: “Is this place...

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Meeting God at the Place of Mercy

December 7, 2011

Meeting God at the Place of Mercy The wreck of the USS Arizona lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The ship sank when Japan launched its surprise attack on the Pacific fleet on December 7, 1941. Now seventy years later, drops of oil from the ship continue to rise to the surface daily. The Arizona is a national memorial and is treated...

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The Treasure in the Temple

December 13, 2011

The Treasure in the Temple People who renovate old homes sometimes discover unexpected treasures. One family in Chester, Connecticut, discovered a century’s worth of trash in their crawlspace. Among the items that had been discarded there were an Old English Curve Cut Pipe Tobacco can, a bottle dating from the late 1800s, along with a variety...

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Devotion for March 30, 2010

March 30, 2010

Devotion for March 30, 2010 The festival of Purim is still celebrated in Judaism to commemorate the deliverance in the book of Esther. God’s people were threatened with annihilation, but through a series of reversals of fortune, hidden identity, and Esther’s courage, they triumphed over their tormentor. The comedic elements of this book have...

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Ambivalent Faith

December 20, 2011

Ambivalent Faith A small congregation purchased ground and saved for several years to build a new church building. Members cheered aloud the day the contractor put up the first wall. But once they began worshiping in their new building, a strange thing happened. The church experienced a collective sense of depression. They enjoyed the amenities...

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Devotion for April 1, 2010

April 1, 2010

Devotion for April 1, 2010 An American poet once claimed: “If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.” This same sense of the power of poetry reverberates through the Psalms as the Hebrew poets awaken our slumbering eyes and restless hearts to God’s indescribable love. This...

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House of God or Den of Thieves?

December 27, 2011

House of God or Den of Thieves? Ever since the housing bubble burst in early 2007, many home values have steadily declined. Their shrinking value has significantly diminished the net worth of most families. Prior to this crisis some homeowners relied on their home’s equity to fund other purchases like cars and even vacations. In Jesus’ day...

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Devotion for April 2, 2010

April 2, 2010

Devotion for April 2, 2010 In ancient Hebrew culture, the function of a name was not simply to distinguish one person from another. A name signified a person’s character, reputation, authority, and will. Our passage today records God’s declaration of His own name, and from it we see important things about God more clearly. The phrase “like...

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