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Judgment on Jerusalem’s Enemies

July 25, 2019

Judgment on Jerusalem’s Enemies Anne Rice, a well-known author and an atheist, wrote a series of books about the life of Christ. In the first, entitled Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, she includes an author’s note which explains how and why she had been drawn back to God. She wanted to understand a historical mystery: the survival of the Jewish...

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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

A Jealous God

March 23, 2018

A Jealous God Many parents have had a version of this conversation with their children: “If you don’t clean your room, you can’t have a friend over to play,” or “If you don’t return the car with a full tank of gas, you may not borrow it next weekend.” The child does not clean her room or return the car filled with gas—and then acts shocked...

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  • Sovereignty March 23, 2018

A Shepherding God

March 28, 2018

A Shepherding God Kenneth Bailey, author of The Good Shepherd, was familiar with shepherding culture. He spent seven years as a child in the south of Egypt, returned years later to serve as pastor in rural Egyptian churches, and later lived in Bethlehem “where shepherds grazed their flocks around us.” Bailey brought these personal insights...

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  • Sovereignty March 28, 2018

Is Your God Too Small?

July 1, 2019

Today_with_the_President Is Your God Too Small? When our children were little, they would ask Dee and me some pretty deep theological questions: How big is God? What does He look like? Because we wanted to be good parents and raise our children in the knowledge of the Lord, we would do our best to explain exactly who God is. I would tell...

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John the Baptist: A Certain Future

December 6, 2012

John the Baptist: A Certain Future William Shakespeare wrote: “If you can look into the seeds of time, / And tell which grain will grow and which will not, / Speak.” The Nativity story has two sets of parents who could look ahead into the future and predict what would happen with their children: Zechariah and Elizabeth (on whom we focus in...

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Elizabeth: His Name Is John

December 2, 2015

Elizabeth: His Name Is John Naming children after family members is common in cultures around the world. To name a son “junior” after his father, for example, or to give a daughter a middle name after her grandmother, is often done as a way of showing respect and love and of honoring the past. So it was quite normal that Zechariah and Elizabeth’s...

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Cleansing from Sin

December 18, 2016

Cleansing from Sin The opening lines of Count Zinzendorf’s eighteenth-century hymn speak of being clothed in Christ’s righteousness: “Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness / My beauty are, my glorious dress; / Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, / With joy shall I lift up my head.” The imagery of the hymn echoes the scene in today’s reading.

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  • Minor Prophets December 18, 2016

God’s Measuring Line

July 4, 2019

God’s Measuring Line The Weights and Measures Division of the US government works to promote uniformity and accuracy. It is easy to see how important weights and measures are to commerce, but accurate measurements are also important for builders. A common proverb among carpenters advises, "Measure twice and cut once." Zechariah’s third of...

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The Lord’s Return

July 28, 2019

The Lord’s Return From Mad Max to the animated Disney film WALL-E, popular books and movies reveal society’s persistent obsession with the apocalypse. Typically, a few brave survivors navigate a blasted landscape trying to restore human society or at least keep it intact. Ironically, the biblical idea of apocalypse focuses on something else.

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