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I’m more like Jonah than I care to admit.

In the past, I admit, I have judged Jonah.  What a navel-gazing, self-absorbed jerk, right? He intimately knew God’s character- you know, that part where He describes Himself as “gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love.” The part where He eagerly forgives those who repent and turn from their wicked ways? But Jonah knew better…

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Bitter (Better) Herbs

Last weekend, our home community celebrated the fulfilled Seder.  For you recent converts that would be the Passover meal that Jesus ate with His disciples the night before his trial and crucifixion. Ours was a modified version of the elaborate symbolic meal “enjoyed” by Jews which commemorates God leading the Hebrews out of their enslavement in Egypt.  For Christians however, through Christ’s death…

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The Sifting- Part 2

In the Sifting-Part 1, we looked at how the early church grew and thrived despite persecution.  After Christianity was legalized, the word Christian became meaningless because lukewarm believers joined the church and used the title of “Christian” for political or monetary gain.  I believe this scenario is playing itself out in reverse today in America.  Here’s how:…

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The Sifting- Part 1

“Satan has asked to sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your strength may not fail.”  Luke 22:31-32 Did you feel the earth shift on election night?  Something foundational has given way.  Liberals and conservative bloggers and commentators all seem to sense that a great change is upon us. We…