Why Should We Care About Israel?

Nestled on the eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is a nation with a rich and unique history. Covering an area of just under 8,000 square miles, Israel is one of the leading producers and exporters of citrus, and is a pioneer of agricultural and fishing technology. Throughout recorded human history, Israel remains unique […]

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Getting Practical With God

Commentary     C. S. Lewis wrote a book called Mere Christianity which has become a contemporary classic of the Christian faith.  In it, he asks what the fundamental beliefs are of all who hold the Christian faith.  As I was turning this title over in my mind one day, I asked a similar question about […]

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Our Single Focus

Jesus’ earthly ministry was anything but predictable. Religious leaders were often rebuked for their hypocrisy while the hurting were healed supernaturally. But it is in the unexpected that God often teaches us some of the more profound truths about His nature and character. This is also true of Jesus’ ministry. In Luke 5:12-16, Luke records […]

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Passing the Test

Tests can be challenging. I remember studying relentlessly for a calculus test back in college. The instructor had the goal of ensuring that his students learned certain concepts by the end of the course and had written his test to discover whether or not we had in fact learned those concepts. Happily, I aced it, […]

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Surrendered Lives are Trophies

It has been well said, I don’t know by whom, that while God accepts us wherever we are at in life, He loves us too much to leave us there. The Apostle Paul echoed this sentiment when we wrote that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst” (1 […]

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Memories and Hope

As I write this, it has been about 24 hours since my mother passed from this life and went home to be with the Lord.  Not long after she passed, I had also learned the News that my grandmother had passed as well.  But as difficult a season as this has been, the Lord has […]

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Greatest Love Letter

I love getting personal letters.  Nowadays, just about all of the personal correspondence I get is either via e-mail or Facebook and is rarely on paper.  And though the medium of personal communication has changed dramatically for most of us, hearing from someone you care about is always a joy. The church in the city […]

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Does Your Walk Need Some Fine Tuning?

Over the past few months, a number of things have happened which have given me pause to consider the direction and goals of my life. I have had the joy of beholding the birth of my friends’ new baby boy; children I have known have recently graduated high school, thus beginning a new phase of […]

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Waiting on God…

There are times when our walk with God seems fast-paced. God is opening doors and meeting needs, and we need to run just to keep up with Him. But there are other times when the Lord seems to slow His pace, at least from our perspective. His answers to prayer seem delayed. His provision never […]

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Saying

It is no overstatement to say that Jesus is the greatest example of the revelation of God’s grace, character and plans for us. Never did two feet ever grace the shores of the Sea of Galilee like those that later carried a wooden cross through Jerusalem to procure our salvation. During His Life, Jesus faced […]

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