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Paradise Regained

December 31, 2011

Paradise Regained New Year’s Eve is traditionally the time when people make resolutions. With the new year lying before them, many determine to make fundamental changes in their lives. Most resolutions go unfulfilled. After six weeks fewer than half of those people who made resolutions still keep them. What we really need is not a set of...

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Devotion for April 3, 2010

April 3, 2010

Devotion for April 3, 2010 God as husband and God as father are two biblical metaphors that enlarge our understanding of God’s love. They reveal that our Sovereign Creator is not distant or indifferent, and they illustrate the intimacy of our relationship with God, as well as His eternal fidelity and compassion. For the next few days, we...

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Question and Answer

December 1, 2011

Did God really create the entire universe in six days? Are we to understand the days of Genesis 1 as literal 24–hour periods? Question and Answer Before I give what I believe is a biblical response to your question, there is something I must say first. Godly followers of Christ throughout church history have understood the days of Genesis...

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Devotion for April 5, 2010

April 5, 2010

Devotion for April 5, 2010 After fleeing from Egypt, God’s people encamped in the Desert of Paran. The Lord commanded Moses to send twelve men to explore the Promised Land of Canaan (Numbers 13). The scouting trip lasted forty days. The explorers returned with a mixed report (13:27–28). They roused the whole Israelite community to fear the...

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The Hebrew midwives: Unflinching courage

January 4, 2012

The Hebrew midwives: Unflinching courage Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most courageous leaders in recent American history, faced threats and opposition, eventually giving his life in the fight for civil rights. Fear, however, would not dissuade him. He wrote, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor...

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Devotion for April 7, 2010

April 7, 2010

Devotion for April 7, 2010 Basil Pennington, in his work True Self/False Self, suggests that the false self is an identity based on what you have, what you do, and what others think about you. In stark contrast to this is the true self in Christ, which is who we are before God and in God—Christ living in us, as Paul put it to the churches...

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Saul: Cowardice

January 7, 2012

Saul: Cowardice Interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy conducted in early 1964 have only recently been published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Mrs. Kennedy spoke with Arthur Schlesinger Jr., a historian and Kennedy administration aide, about her husband’s presidency, her role as first lady, and their...

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Devotion for April 8, 2010

April 8, 2010

Devotion for April 8, 2010 Dave Dravecky is a retired major league baseball pitcher and a Christian, best known for his courageous battle with cancer and his subsequent comeback to professional baseball. But later, the cancer in his pitching arm returned, resulting in amputation. Dravecky knows the joy that comes after physical training,...

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David: Courage in the face of enemies

January 10, 2012

David: Courage in the face of enemies One technique of cognitive behavioral therapy is a practice called “self-talk.” The idea is that a person can overcome subconscious fears or negative patterns of thinking by choosing to engage with different internal messages. The idea that addressing our thought life can affect our behavior is hardly...

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Devotion for April 9, 2010

April 9, 2010

Devotion for April 9, 2010 We need not look far to find portraits of love in movies, television shows, books, music, and visual art. The prospect of instruction on true love, however, is far more scarce. The media have distorted and disfigured our expectations of being loved and the ways we attempt to love others. The message of our reading...

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