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We Are Holy to the Lord

July 31, 2019

We Are Holy to the Lord The nature versus nurture debate in psychology questions whether our behavior is inherited or learned. Do we behave the way we do because we have been wired to think and act a certain way from birth? Or is our behavior a result of a combination of learning and environment. Many feel both play a role. Holiness is another...

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Freedom and Salvation for the World

December 22, 2016

Freedom and Salvation for the World Many students of history know the famous cry of Patrick Henry, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” The notion of freedom is a bedrock of many nations, including the United States. According to commentator James Montgomery Boice, today’s reading from Micah also includes a “list of freedoms” that only God...

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  • Minor Prophets December 22, 2016

A Coming King

March 27, 2018

A Coming King In the 1930s, the Southern Plains region suffered an ecological disaster now called the “Dust Bowl.” Homesteading legislation had brought inexperienced farmers, incentivized by land ownership, into the region, and they had responded to the demand for European grain by plowing up the grasslands to use for farming. But without...

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  • Sovereignty March 27, 2018

Faithful Hearts and Strong Hands

July 13, 2019

Faithful Hearts and Strong Hands Marsha was a great organizer in the church. She had a knack for getting people involved. Whenever she made a plea for help from the congregation, she always quoted the same proverb: “Many hands make light work.” As Zechariah continued to respond to the question raised by the delegation from Bethel, he moved...

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  • Devotions July 13, 2019

Jerusalem the Golden

July 24, 2019

Jerusalem the Golden The hymn Jerusalem the Golden is based on a text by the twelfth century monk Bernard of Cluny. The hymn concludes with this prayer: Oh, sweet and blessed country The home of God’s elect! Oh, sweet and blessed country That eager hearts expect! In mercy, Jesus, bring us To that dear land of rest! You are, with God the Father...

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King of Kings

July 29, 2019

King of Kings On May 19, 1790, New England experienced a remarkable “day of darkness.” The day began cloudy and cool with light rain. However, as the day progressed the sky grew darker so that by midday, the sun could not be seen at all. Many people feared that the day of judgment had come. It is easy to see why, given today’s passage which...

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God’s Intentions for the World

December 16, 2017

God’s Intentions for the World A GPS navigational system can be a useful tool when driving in unfamiliar territory. Sometimes after taking a wrong turn, however, the best navigational advice is simply, “Turn around.” Our reading today offers the spiritual equivalent to this GPS command: repentance. Although God was “very angry” (1:2) over...

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  • Jesus December 16, 2017

By My Spirit

July 6, 2019

By My Spirit In April, a fire ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. The Gothic cathedral, which began construction in 1163, took nearly 300 years to be complete. Compared to this, the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem might seem relatively brief. However, discouragement can make even the most worthwhile effort seem to drag. Rebuilding...

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Crown Him Lord of All

July 10, 2019

Crown Him Lord of All On June 2, 1953, Queen Elizabeth was crowned in Westminster Abbey. The crown, which dates back to 1661, was solid gold. It weighed over four pounds. The Queen also held a golden globe wrapped by a band encrusted with diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and pearls topped with a large amethyst. Today’s passage also...

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From Fasting to Feasting

July 15, 2019

From Fasting to Feasting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a diagnosis often given to those who experience a wide range of reactions after going through a tragedy, disaster, or terrifying event. Those who suffer from PTSD can spend years dealing with the consequences of a traumatic event and must often seek counseling. No doubt, those who...

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