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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 […]

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Getting things done in Catania

A balanced perspective is necessary to get some things done in Catania.

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Answering the Trump Ban on Refugees

Facebook has been on fire about Trump’s recent ban on refugees.  Some people love the idea of keeping refugees out, especially those from Muslim countries.  Some people can’t believe this is happening in America. For those that are appalled by this action, is any of this really that surprising?  I mean, come on.  As a […]

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Obeying Jesus’s Commands – Be Reconciled

Pride is one of the most powerful forces in the world.  When we come into conflict with one another, pride becomes quickly noticeable within ourselves, even when we don’t want to admit it.  We feel that we are justified in our actions, and even if we are having a difficult time coming up with good reasons […]

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Obeying Jesus’s Commands – Shine

As someone from the Midwestern part of the United States, this command at first seems counterintuitive to me.  One of the things that I think Americans generally, and Midwesterners in particular, deem offensive is someone who is a boasts about themselves, who not only does good things, but then goes on to tell other people […]