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April 15 – Integrity in Persecution

Acts 5:1-16; Deuteronomy 23-24; Job 15 Throughout history, the church has dealt with persecution. It’s interesting that the persecution, meant to intimidate followers of Christ, often leads to more followers of Christ and church growth. When the Cultural Revolution began … Continue reading

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February 12 – Power in the Blood

Hebrews 9:1-22; Exodus 6:28-8:32; Proverbs 2 “The blood tells us a lot,” the nurse said as she was taking my wife’s blood for testing. I laughed as I heard her say that because she reminded me of a line from … Continue reading

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February 1 – Following the Mob

Luke 23:1-25; Genesis 41; Psalm 32 One of the most horrific episodes in American history is what happened to people who were black in the south after the Civil War. They began to prosper in many different ways, and that … Continue reading

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January 23 – A Tale of Two Prayers

Luke 18:1-17; Genesis 29:31-30:43; Psalm 23 You can divide society in many ways. I’ve seen people do that. They want to pit the rich against the poor; skin color against skin color; “my” primary language against “your” primary language; male … Continue reading

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November 30 – Dealing with Evaluators

Psalm 90; Numbers 17:1-11; 2 Peter 3:1-18 It happens every year or two for teachers: the dreaded teacher evaluation. During this time the principal or other supervisor comes into the classroom with a pad of paper and write down everything … Continue reading

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October 21 – Telling “Them”

Psalm 84:1-7; Jeremiah 9:1-16; 2 Timothy 3:1-9 There is a story of a pastor who began to be annoyed by one of his parishioners. After every sermon, the farmer would say, “You sure told ‘em, pastor,” as he shook the … Continue reading

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October 5 – God’s Got This

Psalm 3; Habakkuk 2:12-20; Mark 11:12-14 20-24 This is the season of fear. We have a holiday devoted to scaring and frightening other people. And no, I’m not talking about election day, although you might think that from all the … Continue reading

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September 21 – When Reconciliation is Needed

Psalm 12; Proverbs 21:10-16; Luke 20:45—21:4 Let me start out by saying that I completely disagree with Colin Kaepernick’s method of protesting. I believe that we should honor our country and our flag. I still tear up during the National … Continue reading

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September 17 – My Way

Psalm 113; Isaiah 5:8-23; Mark 12:41-44 The song “My Way” hit the charts in April of 1969 and stayed in the top 40 for 75 weeks, until September of 1971. Paul Anka wrote it specifically for Frank Sinatra whose beautiful … Continue reading

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August 15 – It’s a Dry Heat

Psalm 32; Jeremiah 23:30-40; 1 John 4:1-6 Heat. Dry. Parching. Heat. When writers want to show desperation on its last legs, they describe a person in the desert – too dehydrated to sweat, but still wiping their brow. Maybe they’re … Continue reading

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