Israel – Day 4

Today was all about Jesus, experiencing his world and his ministry. We could not have asked for better weather. It was in the 70s and sunny. We began this morning visiting the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional spot where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Because of clues in the text, and it being […]

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Israel – Day 3

Today’s sites included a couple of very old Old Testament spots and a couple of places that hosted significant events in Jesus’ life and ministry. We started off with a beautiful sunny and much warmer morning, heading to northern Galilee. Our first stop was the ancient city of Hazor, one of the cities conquered by […]

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Where’s God?

17 dead, mostly high school kids. Horrible. Tragic. Terrible. Evil. There’s a lot of really bad stuff in the world. Right now it seems to be concentrated in Parkland, Florida. But not really. We had the heroic Chicago police commander who was gunned down Tuesday. So far this year, there have been 60 murders in […]

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What Matters To God

There is no such thing as a mature Christian who does not actively love in tangible ways. I’ve known older Christians who carried big Bibles who were full of knowledge, but were sour, legalistic and selfish. But they weren’t mature Christians. And the faith that they claimed to have was not real, Biblical, Jesus-pleasing kind […]

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First Time Obedience

When our kids were little, we used to have a simple phrase that reminded them of our expectation, “first time obedience.” We’d say it when they seemed to be delaying their response to us. For example, if Linda said, “Kids, turn the video off and come to the table for supper,” and they did not […]

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How to Forget 2017

2017 might have been a great year for some, but for others, it was a year to forget. Some of you went through a painful divorce this last year. Some of you lost your job. Others had relationship failures, family drama, personal defeats and health challenges. For some, this was a year that you want […]

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