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Ishmael and Isaac

I recently read the story of Abraham’s sacrifice with a friend of mine.  I think he liked the story, but the main question that he asked was if it was possible to read the story and understand more about Ishmael and Isaac, Abraham’s sons.  He wondered this because his faith traces it’s lineage back to […]

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The Beginning of the Relationship Between God and Man

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the […]

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What Does Jesus Want From Me?

A couple of weeks ago, I had someone ask me this question.  He is a pretty new believer and has been surprised that there are scriptures that record that Jesus, for example, commanded us to go and make disciples.  He was saying that it seemed to him that Jesus is trying to tell him that […]

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God is Planning Ahead for Redemption

It is great to be able to look back on a situation and see what God was doing.  I have told the story to several people that, when we started our adoption processes with our two girls, I believe that God was both blessing Gina and myself and completing our family, as well as introducing […]

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God wants us to remember

Yesterday afternoon, I met with some friends to read and discuss the story of the Passover.  In this story, God commanded Moses to tell Pharaoh to let his people go.  The Israelites were enslaved in Egypt and Pharaoh had hardened his heart against God and against Moses, despite the fact that God had brought several […]

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How did Jesus fulfill the law?

For many years, really until just recently, I have never really quite understood what Jesus meant when he said that he came to fulfill the law.  Toward the beginning of the sermon on the mount, here is what he said: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I […]

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God is the One Who Changes Hearts

I have had a couple of situations recently where people have told me that the scriptures have been changed and corrupted, so therefore they shouldn’t be read or discussed.  In both cases, I simply told them that it seems as if they are the ones making the decision about what is true about God and […]

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Obeying Jesus’s Commands – Do Not Lust

One of the most powerful forces that we can experience is our sexuality.  When God told us to be fruitful and multiply across the face of the earth, He certainly gave us the capability to do that and the desire to take the sexual actions required to make that work! But like many things, we […]

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Becoming Children of God

A friend of mine recently told me that he had a conversation with someone online who told him that it was possible to become a child of God.  He was very interested in this idea and asked me what I thought about it.  I explained that, with the girls that we had adopted, I felt […]

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Wind and Waves

I’m not sure why I hadn’t realized how much of a personal connection that this story would have for my friends. This particular week, we were reading in Mark 4 where Jesus and his disciples, who had already been standing in a boat to teach all of the people that had gathered around, had decided […]