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God Insists on Grace

GOD INSISTS ON GRACE  I know Jonah best as a children’s story.  As I learned it, Jonah is called to go to the wicked city of Nineveh to cry out against it.  Jonah wanted no part of such a call and he tried to flee to Tarshish, the western most city in the...
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Faith and Politics

FAITH AND POLITICS   I have never thought of the book of Ruth as a political statement. In fact it is probably best remembered for Ruth’s declaration of fidelity to her mother in law, Naomi in chapter 1:16,17 “Do not press me to leave you  or to turn back from following...
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A God Who Keeps Promises

A GOD WHO KEEPS PROMISES  Exodus 32: 7-14     The Lord said to Moses, “Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; 8 they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for...
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Find Your Center

FIND YOUR CENTER Deuteronomy 6   1 Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, 2 so that you and your children and your children’s children may...
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Feels Like Home

FEELS  LIKE HOME   Exodus 2: 11-16; 3:7-14   2:11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and saw their forced labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his kinsfolk. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he killed the...
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Contending with God

CONTENDING WITH GOD   Genesis 32: 22-31   22 The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had. 24 Jacob was...
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Surely the Lord is in This Place

SURELY THE LORD IS IN THIS PLACE Genesis 28:10-17 10 Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. 11 He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. 12...
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Laughing in Dismay and Laughing with Joy

LAUGHING IN DISMAY AND LAUGHING WITH JOY Genesis 18:9-15 “I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. 11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah...
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Safety and Sufficiency

SAFETY AND SELF SUFFICIENCY   Romans 12:2   Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. Genesis 11:31-12:9  11:31-32 Terah took...
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Pray Unceasingly

PRAY UNCEASINGLY James 5:13-20 13 Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 14 Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the...
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