OUT OF THE CLOSET AND INTO THE CONVERSATION

What is wrong with the logic in this? In God’s presence is fullness of joy. (Psalm 16:11) All humans live in God’s presence (since God is present everywhere). Therefore, all humans have fullness of joy. Obviously, something must be wrong here! You don’t have to be a Bible expert to know that sentence #3 is […]

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When Believers Should Step Out of Line

We have a phrase in English when we disapprove of something that someone does. We say that they are “out of line.” We might say to someone, “When you told the judge exactly what you thought of him in court today, you were way out of line.” And what we mean is, “You were wrong.” […]

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A TALE OF TWO TREES

Our human history began in a real place on earth—a geographic space that we call the Garden of Eden. The Hebrew word that we translate garden means a “guarded” or “protected” place. The word referred to a place about which you cared enough to enclose or protect in some way. I suppose we could just […]

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WHEN JESUS CHOSE A NICKNAME

Some of us are known for being tall, others for being short. Some are known for being great athletes, others for their book-learning. And when people look at those traits we have, they assign nicknames to us. Sometimes those nicknames are a shorthand way of thinking about us. Many times those nicknames are cruel, like […]

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Sacrificial Love

The day is over; you are driving home. You turn on your radio. You hear a little news story about a small village in India where some villagers have died suddenly, strangely, of a flu that has never been seen before. It’s not OUR flu, but three or four people died in a weird way, and […]

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The Small Ministry of Jesus

I am sending this Priority article to you from a small country in the Middle East. That country is the country of Jesus’s birth, life, and ministry here on earth … Israel. When I say that Israel is a “small country,” I am referring to the fact that the whole country is smaller than the state […]

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WE ARE LIVING MIRACLES

We are living miracles in how we are made. God created us as spirits that are tethered to this world by means of our physical bodies. And yet our bodies are fragile! They are basically carbon-based water balloons. (When babies are born, they are nearly 80% water; and even as adults, we’re nearly two-thirds water!) […]

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