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Your activity is not your identity

Years ago I tapped into my Bible nerdery and tried to count all the names that Christians are called in the New Testament. In…

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Thank God for the kingdom of God!

Around 701 b.c., Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, marched from modern-day Iraq to Jerusalem. His army was not known for being nice. Sennacherib’s palace…

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When we stop practicing

Years ago, a student who had graduated from the Christian high school where I taught shared that she was struggling with her faith. “Don’t…

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God’s weird (but beautiful) Word

Psalm 133 might be the weirdest/most beautiful analogy in the Bible. It says that living in unity with God’s people “is like precious oil…

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Why did God create hell?

The 20th century was the epoch of evil. Yes, it was also a time of great advancement in technology and medicine. Yet even those…

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Spiderwebs are flimsy and weak

I don’t always get the picture language of the Bible. I’m not a farmer or a sailor or a soldier of ancient times. Often…

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Flame on!

He was in his 80s, and he’d been through a lot. Exile. Conscription. Promotion. Betrayal. A failed execution-by-lion. And now a revelation from God….

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Angels: God’s bailiffs

Judgment day will be a very busy time for God’s holy angels. Half of them will be appointed to serve as God’s bailiffs, arresting…

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Chariots of fire

Gehazi, servant to the prophet Elisha, had no difficulty seeing his problems. Ben-Hadad II, the evil king of Aram, had sent an entire company…

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Oh, grow up!

Don’t you hate it when your kids settle? Know what I mean . . . when they settle for Cs when they could get As…