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I greet you in the name of the one who came for you! In the scripture, Matthew gives us the birth of Jesus in a sentence and names him Jesus. “24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she...
As a little boy I was always looking forward to something. When will Grandpa and Grandma get here? How many more days until Christmas? When is Dad coming home from work? When is supper? When can we play a game, fix a puzzle, read a book, or watch Captain Kangaroo? As I got older, I was still...
As a young boy, I made it my life’s mission to make my younger brother despise the day he was born. It’s so crazy how God can make siblings with complete opposite personalities. My brother and I are the perfect example. I’ll talk to just about anybody; my brother only talks when it is necessary. I...
I searched the internet for what other people believe is the greatest need in the church today and found a variety of answers.  One person said we have a false idea about who Jesus is, another said we don’t understand the holiness of God, another said discipleship, another said we don’t really know...
God constantly uses the lives of Bible characters to teach us, to encourage us, and to warn us. Who can forget the impact of the truths lived out in the lives of men like David, Moses, Gideon, Peter, or Paul? What about the lives of Esther, Ruth, or Deborah? It is impossible to leave truth in the...
If you are like me, once you start eating chocolate, it’s hard to stop, especially M&M’s. Sure, a few can be harmless, but too many bring unwanted or unexpected consequences. When this happens, I get upset with myself and begin that negative self-hate talk because I didn’t have enough...
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 As the United States recently celebrated its 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, patriotic symbols – expressions of our American freedoms – appeared across the land: the American flag, the Liberty Bell, the American...
As you read this, Beryl, my wife, and I are riding our bicycles across the United States. We started in Portland, Oregon, in the end of May and will end our trip in Washington, D.C., in August. As we pedal our bicycles, there is always an unknown before us. What is over the next mountain top? What...
As most of you know, Sunday is Mother’s Day. I am grateful that God created moms. He did that in the very beginning time. He told Adam and Eve, the first two people created and the first married couple, to be fruitful and multiply. In other words, be a dad and mom. Parents are therefore a divine...
Last Sunday was Easter Sunday, and every year, the story of “Doubting Thomas” is the reading for the Sunday after Easter. (John 20:19-31) The risen Christ appears to the disciples on Easter evening, even though the doors were locked. Jesus said, “Peace be with you,” then he breathed the Holy Spirit...

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