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Washed clean

What a break! The brilliant, raging young Pharisee named Saul had been on a tear, using his organization’s influence, connections, and money to pursue…

Who is God?

Wear white

It’s Labor Day in the United States. A day that honors the contributions of the working person. The bittersweet “last” day of summer. And,…

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What happened to Bartholomew?

I was thinking about all of the times I’ve mentioned Peter, Paul, John, or even James in one of these devotions. Then I realized…

Life’s Challenges

Hey, friend, it’ll be alright

I was streaming a playlist when a phrase I’d heard a million times hit me like a cool breeze on a hot day. And…

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Bad apples: Solomon

Born to comfort and privilege, Solomon led what we might consider a charmed life. His warlike father, King David, had conquered all of the…

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Bad apples: Abraham

Okay, Okay—how on earth does the great patriarch Abraham make a “bad apples” list? He was chosen by God to found a nation of…

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Bad apples: Judah and Tamar

Judah, Abraham’s great-grandson, was a prince in the growing Israelite community. Fourth son of the patriarch Jacob, he had wealth and standing. But his…

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Bad apples: King Manasseh

King Manasseh was one of the baddest apples ever to disgrace the Israelite barrel. He practiced things like sorcery, divination, witchcraft, consulted mediums, and…

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Bad apples: Rahab

You have probably heard the old saying about the risk of having even one bad apple in the apple barrel—just one rotten apple can…

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Super seniors: Moses

When God intervenes in human history and wants to show that things are not happening by accident, he chooses the number 40. He gave…

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Super seniors: John

You’d think most 90-year-olds would envision a pleasant and secure life in a retirement community, doing a little gardening, talking with friends, reading some…

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Super seniors: Daniel

When I was a young man, I heard a pastor in his 60s speaking longingly of retirement. I chided him for even thinking about…