drawing near.

Take a minute to go with me to join a young man who is returning to his father. This young man has squandered his inheritance in a life of sin and indulgence. He has come to the end of himself and has decided to humble himself and seek his father’s forgiveness and acceptance. It is

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Heroes on Memorial Day

We live in a patriotic community. This fact is made more obvious in the celebration of Memorial Day. Some of our local churches will likely have men in uniform in their services this morning to honor those who have paid the ultimate price for their country and its freedom. Hearts will be stirred and good

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Status or Service

I am leading out in our feet-washing service at Bethel Mennonite tomorrow morning. The following are my notes.  I don’t know how many of you have had your shoes shined by a shoeshine? I saw one of those places in our travels through Miami International recently. Brennan Manning is an evangelical Catholic leader. He describes

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the temptation

The Gospel of Luke shows us the humanity of Christ by relating the account of the temptation that Jesus faced in the wilderness. He was like we are. He faced the same things that we do. In all of this He was victorious! We can be too! By looking at how satan tempted Christ we

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Endurance

Fidel Castro died on Friday. Fidel had been the dictator of Cuba from 1959 until a few years ago when he ceded power to his brother, Raul. For years and years this wicked man thumbed his nose at God and the Western world. He imprisoned Christians. He created a communist state from which many folks

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Walking together

We walk together; God has made us like that. God has placed us in families and churches and other social settings. It is a good thing. Sometimes we walk alone; It may be by choice or not. Sometimes it is good to be alone. Sometimes it is because we have had a struggle with a

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God’s awesome care

My heart is heavy for our church fellowship. One of my fellow pastors has resigned and left our church fellowship and it looks like a tough time coming up. In my private devotional time this morning I went to Saturday’s prayer list. I use a list of family and church families that is divided up

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What to do with confict

“The difference between spiritual and unspiritual community is not whether conflict exists, but is rather in our attitude toward it and our approach to handling it. When conflict is seen as an opportunity to draw more fully on spiritual resources, we have the makings of spiritual community.”        Larry Crabb, The Safest Place on Earth

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and to walk humbly with thy God

Now, as always, God discovers Himself to “babes” and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be found to be blessedly few). We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood.

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