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April 14 – Acting on Fear or in Faith?

Acts 4:23-37; Deuteronomy 21-22; Job 14 In 1988, Barry Gibbs heard the declaration that he was guilty of murder and would be sentenced to 22 years in prison. While he didn’t match the witness’s description, that same witness picked him … Continue reading

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April 13 – Responding to the Powers That Be

Acts 4:1-22; Deuteronomy 19-20; Job 13 The phrase “speaking truth to power” has almost become a cliché these days. Sometimes you hear people in power say terrible things and they proclaim that all they are doing is that speaking truth … Continue reading

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April 9 – Expectations and Reality

Acts 1; Deuteronomy 11-12; Job 9 When I began teaching, I had some unrealistic expectations. I expected kids to sit quietly and learn, enthralled with every word that came out of my mouth. I expected amazing classroom discipline as kids … Continue reading

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April 8 – Changing the World

Matthew 28; Deuteronomy 9-10; Job 8 Earlier this week, Americans observed the 100th anniversary of the beginning of our involvement in World War I. The war began when the Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated in 1914, setting off a chain of … Continue reading

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April 3 – Extravagant!

Matthew 26:1-25; Numbers 35-36; Job 3 Last Christmas I had a major dilemma. As I looked at the Nieman-Marcus Christmas Catalog, I couldn’t decide from all of those cool, original gifts. The five-band emerald cut diamond bracelet almost had me. … Continue reading

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March 16 – Ask the Expert

Matthew 16; Numbers 1-2; Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 The joke among educators about experts is that they carried a briefcase and flew in from out of town. These were the people who were going to tell us how to make our classroom … Continue reading

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March 2 – Sinners

Matthew 9:1-17; Leviticus 3-4; Proverbs 20 Every so often the problem with “sinners” comes up on my social media feeds. One group or another complains about still another group because those people are “sinners.” Those accusations bother me, so I … Continue reading

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February 4 – Dealing With Cataracts

Luke 24:13-53; Genesis 44; Psalm 35 A cataract is the clouding of the lens of an eye that leads to a decrease in vision. The only cure for cataracts is surgery. If you’ve had a cataract surgery in the last … Continue reading

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January 12 – Bloopers in Prayer

Luke 11:1-28; Genesis 19; Psalm 12 Outtakes. Sometimes those are the best parts of any TV show or movie. Outtakes or bloopers happen when an actor forgets their line, starts laughing, or somehow messes up. We enjoy them so much … Continue reading

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December 9 – Is It Worth It?

Psalm 126; Isaiah 35:3-7; Luke 7:18-30 “Was it worth it?” I think many of us ask that question as we come to the end of a long project. Was it worth the time and the effort? We look at how … Continue reading

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