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Come Let Us Adore Him

COME, LET US ADORE HIM   MATTHEW 2   In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come...
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Silencing Our Preconceptions

SILENCING OUR PRECONCEPTIONS   LUKE 1:5-25 5 In the days of King Herod of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly order of Abijah. His wife was a descendant of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 Both of them were righteous before God, living...
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God Wants More Than Righteousness

GOD WANTS MORE THAN RIGHTEOUSNESS MATTHEW 1: 18-25 18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a...
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Hope for the Lost

HOPE FOR THE LOST   Luke 19:1-10   19 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in...
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Welcoming the Child-Like and the Childish

WELCOMING THE CHILD-LIKE AND THE CHILDISH   Mark 10:13-16 13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come...
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An Antidote to Dread

AN ANTIDOTE TO DREAD   Philippians 4:4-9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be...
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Servant Leaders

SERVANT LEADERS   Matthew 23:1-12   Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 4 They...
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Learning Through Hardship

LEARNING THROUGH HARDSHIP Perhaps because the Psalm 46 touches my heart, I was almost reluctant to spend a lot of time in my head examining it.  Much as music can soothe my soul, these words embrace and assure.  I don’t really need to know how or why.  I am...
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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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