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Best Known Verse in the Bible

John 3:16 is probably the best known verse in the Bible.  When TV camera crews pan the crowds at pro football games, we often see placards referring to it.  It’s important, though, to read the next verse too: 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in […]

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The Kingdom of God

All kingdoms have three things in common: a ruler, a realm and a reign. In the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), Queen Elizabeth is the ruler. These and other states that consider her queen, are her realm. Her reign spans more than 60 years. Psalm 47:7 says: “God is the King of […]

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The End of the World

Just saw the movie “Noah” last week. My brother-in-law observed, “Not bad if you’re into Biblical disaster flicks.” The acting and special effects were good; fidelity to the biblical text was not so good.  Nonetheless, the movie’s theme of new life coming out of death and destruction was faithful to the overall biblical message—and it […]

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Jesus is the Great “I AM”

When Moses first encountered God and was told to go and lead God’s people out of slavery, he asked God what he should say if the people asked who sent him.  God replied, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14). In John’s gospel, […]

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Biblical Holism

Christians believe that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit: A Trinity. What practical value is there in knowing this? In the late 1960s a noted secular author and journalist, Arthur Koestler, coined the word “holon” which, like holism, comes from the Greek word “holos” meaning “whole.” A holon is simultaneously a whole and a […]

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The Gift of Life

This Christmas, we once again celebrate the gift of life in Christ. The Apostle John wrote, “In Him was life and the life was the light of all mankind.” (John 1:4, NIV) While serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) several years ago I saw, for the first time, a time lapse photograph […]

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The Holiness of God

You know a tree by its fruit. This is an often repeated biblical principle. In Galatians 5:22, Paul writes: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control …”  The “fruit of the Spirit” is the fruit of God. The character of God, the holiness of God, […]

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The Gift of Innovation

Too often, in churches and non-profits, we gravitate toward stagnation and playing it safe. Yet, in development and relief work, the bottom line is people. If we don’t take calculated risks for the people we love and need to help, what will we take risks for? The work we do in our churches, community and […]

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Responding to God’s Call

The recently deceased Christian author and teacher, Dallas Willard, made an important observation in his book, “The Divine Conspiracy.” He wrote, “God relates to space as we do to our body.” This is entirely scriptural. In Ephesians 4:6, Paul put it this way: “There is … one God and Father of all who is over […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Dream Continues

It was 50 years ago today that Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and powerfully described his dream for a more just and equal society. “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream […]

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