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A Certain Future

March 29, 2018

A Certain Future Twelve thousand people in twelve cities were interviewed for IKEA’s 2016 Life at Home Report. Each person was asked this simple question: “What makes a home a home?” Despite the respondents’ different cultures, ages, and ethnicities, four common elements of home were identified: comfort, safety, belonging, and love. As we...

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  • Sovereignty March 29, 2018

Devotion for December 09, 2008

December 9, 2008

Devotion for December 09, 2008 Abraham’s and Sarah’s early responses to God’s pledge that they would have a son and become a great nation were something less than faith-filled. Abraham, for example, pointed out to God that in his currently childless family, one of his servants stood to inherit everything (Gen. 15:1–3). And Sarah is famous...

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Waiting for God

July 2, 2019

Waiting for God Does it seem like you are always waiting in line? It may not be your imagination. Some studies report that the average person spends about two years of their life waiting in line. Delays can make us feel anxious or even angry, especially when we are waiting for God. Waiting is also the theme of the vision described in today’s...

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  • Devotions July 2, 2019

Elizabeth: From Disgrace to Praise

December 4, 2012

Elizabeth: From Disgrace to Praise We have spent the past two days examining the character of Zechariah, the priest who encountered an angel. Scripture is also concerned about the character of his wife, Elizabeth. How would she react to this news? Like Zechariah, Elizabeth is described as “righteous” (v. 6). We know that she was “childless”...

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A Humble King Arrives

December 13, 2016

A Humble King Arrives When the Jews successfully revolted against their Seleucid oppressors in the second century b.c., they brought palm branches to Jerusalem in celebration. Later, palm branches would appear on Jewish coins commemorating their revolt against Rome. Within ancient Jewish history, palm branches symbolized victory and nationalism.

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  • Minor Prophets December 13, 2016

Devotion for August 04, 2006

August 4, 2006

Devotion for August 04, 2006 Apple, Moon Unit, and Suri don’t appear on too many “Most Popular Baby Name” lists, but because of the celebrity parents of those children, the choice of names had a lot of people talking. John the Baptist’s parents weren’t exactly celebrities, but the dramatic events surrounding the selection of John’s name drew...

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July 21, 2019

Homecoming One summer after a long vacation trip, my five-year-old son Drew recognized the large grain silo that marked the edge of our town. “Hooray!” he cheered. “We are at the end of home!” There is nothing quite like coming home. The Jewish exiles felt a great longing to return to Jerusalem. Not just because it was their home, but also...

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The Spirit of Grace

July 26, 2019

The Spirit of Grace One of my favorite professors in college was Dr. Goldman, a rabbi who liked to bait me in class. During one session I determined not to say anything for the whole period. Finally, I couldn’t resist. “What took you so long?” Dr. Goldman said with a smile. “I’ve been trying to get you to talk the whole hour.” I tried to...

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Jesus, Son of Abraham

March 2, 2016

Jesus, Son of Abraham In the United States, perjury is considered a felony and is punishable by prison. In the State of California, perjury can even be a capital offense if the false testimony contributes to a wrongful conviction and execution. These penalties for perjury affirm our conviction as Americans, that justice depends on determining...

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  • Jesus March 2, 2016

Shedding Shame

January 30, 2016

In our reading today from Zechariah, Satan stood ready for the kill. His victim was undeniably tarnished and without defense. The main character in Zechariah’s prophetic vision was his post-exilic contemporary, the high priest Joshua, sullied from working in the trenches alongside Nehemiah. This vision points forward to the cleansing work...

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