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Preparing with Perfume

October 25, 2017

Preparing with Perfume Every hospital drama on television includes this scene: an alarm sounds, doctors and nurses take off at a sprint, and someone ducks into a room and says something like, “We’ve got a Code Red!” Medical personnel converge at the side of a patient in a state of danger so great that for the moment all other priorities must...

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  • Creation October 25, 2017

The Chaos of Christmas

April 2, 2014

The Chaos of Christmas Most of us imagine Christmas with tranquil nights, Christmas trees, and happy families around warm fires. According to our reading, however, the world into which Jesus was born was full of chaos, danger, and strange visitors from faraway places. But out of that swirl of confusion, three distinct pictures emerge. First,...

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Mature Faith Understands God’s Justice

February 22, 2019

Mature Faith Understands God’s Justice In his commentary on James, Douglas J. Moo explained that today’s verses condemn a sinful use of wealth. “We cannot avoid the serious reminder about money and possessions that we confront in this text. One of the sins for which God condemns these people is their selfish accumulation of money and things...

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  • Devotions February 22, 2019

Boldness and Confidence

January 26, 2015

Boldness and Confidence Tupperware Home Parties were a substantial part of social and economic life for millions of American women for decades. Brownie Wise, vice president of marketing for Tupperware from 1951 to 1958, became the first woman on the cover of Business Week magazine in recognition of her skill at developing the social networking...

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Designed to be Physical and Spiritual

March 3, 2017

Designed to be Physical and Spiritual In the movie When Dreams May Come, actor Robin Williams portrays the character Chris Nielsen, a man who is tragically killed in a car accident. In the afterlife, Chris puzzles over his identity since his physical body is not the same. His angelic guide, Albert, asks, “What is ‘me’?” Chris answers, “My...

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  • Creation March 3, 2017

Jesus, the Defender of the Poor

March 21, 2016

Jesus, the Defender of the Poor The love of money—and all the comfort, status, and stuff it can bring—thrives in our culture. It can trick us into believing that our value is equated with a healthy 401K or the job title on our office door. As John Piper writes, “The issue is not how much a person makes. . . . The evil is in being deceived...

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Front Row Seats

August 22, 2019

Front Row Seats The average Super Bowl ticket costs between $2,500 and $3,000. However, one sports fan paid $65,000 to get a seat on the 40-yard line, just six rows from the field, for Super Bowl LII! Front row seat—or even those close to the front row—are coveted in any sports or entertainment venue. The closer the seat to the front, the...

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Follow the Clues: New Creation’s Mystery

April 3, 2012

Follow the Clues: New Creation’s Mystery Novelist David Lodge writes that mysteries appeal to us because "a solved mystery . . . asserts the triumph of order over anarchy." They allow the reader to participate in the action and try to put together the clues to solve the mystery. John begins his Gospel by introducing the motif of a new creation.

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Sharing in Affliction

November 28, 2014

Sharing in Affliction A woman about to undergo surgery for breast cancer gained national attention last year when a video captured her uncharacteristic response to her approaching operation. Refusing to give in to fear, she asked that music be played, and she began to dance in the pre-operating room. Her nurses, anesthesiologist, and doctors...

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God’s Hidden Plan in Disappointment

October 8, 2013

God’s Hidden Plan in Disappointment Many DVDs today have a special feature that allows viewers to listen to a commentary by the director as they watch the movie. The director’s commentary often enables the viewer to see the events unfolding on the screen in a different light. Today’s passage is the “director’s commentary” behind a series...

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