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Recently we hosted a small gathering of friends. My wife had worked hard to prepare several dips, spreads, and hors d’oeuvres for the group to go along with the alcoholic punches she conjures up for such occasions. In the middle of the party, I walked to the refrigerator and pulled out a blo…

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The first four chapters of Exodus detail the awesome providence of our sovereign God. Moses was a Hebrew baby born in Egypt at a time when male Hebrew babies were being killed at the order of Pharaoh.  God provided a way for Moses not only to survive but to be brought up in the household of …

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Even though Sarah came up with the plan for Abraham to father a child by Hagar, when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael, quite naturally Sarah became resentful.  Hagar fled but after being confronted by God, she returned to the home of Abraham and Sarah.   After Sarah gave birth to Isaac, she told …

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Abram and Sarai got impatient waiting on the promise of the Lord.  Sarai sent her servant, Hagar, into Abram’s arms.   Hagar conceived and quite expectedly Sarai became jealous and resentful.  Hagar fled to the desert to escape mistreatment from Sarai.  Hagar stopped beside a spring in the d…

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A strange phenomenon occurred after I opened our first fine-dining restaurant in 1987. It’s still happening. Most people assume the chef/owner of an upscale establishment must eat upscale food all of the time. They picture a life filled with micro greens, waygu beef, caviar, and foie gras. N…

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The book of Job finds the main character, God, teaching a majestic doctrinal truth about His worthiness.  Job will learn that the Creator is worthy of reverence, worship, and awe because of who He is regardless of what He does or does not do. God used the rebellion of Satan to teach this mar…

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Sometimes in the scriptures, God asks questions.   We would be wise to pay attention to His questions.  The questions God asks are certainly designed to get you and me to carefully examine our condition, motivations, attitudes and actions.  Let’s consider the event that brought on His first …

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Life is full of changes. From the moment we are born until the day we die, our bodies, minds, and lives are in a constant state of transformation. My trainer has always stated that humans are either adding muscle or losing muscle mass every minute of every day. There is never a static state …

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So, you think you are a Christian.  Well, you are, if you have a personal relationship with the One whose name you claim.  You enter into relationship with Christ by agreeing with Him that you are a sinner, admitting your need for a savior and publicly confessing that He and He alone is the …

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My country celebrates Independence Day this week.  Freedom will be celebrated, and thanks will be expressed for the freedoms that we have.  It is marvelous to be free to speak, free to exercise religion, free to possess weapons to defend ourselves, free to assemble, free to print things crit…

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God created us as creatures of sight.  We are bound by time and space.  We need pictures, stories, visual aids.  We need God to open our eyes to physical truth so that we can see spiritual reality.  I do not believe that God created things and then later revisited those creations when He dec…

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John 15 paints a beautiful portrait of God the Father as The Vinedresser.   Often, we focus on Christ as The Vine and He certainly deserves all the attention we can give Him, but it seems to me that this passage is even more focused on God the Father.  Here at Father’s Day, we have cause to …

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Over twenty years ago my hometown newspaper called my office and asked if I would be interested in writing a weekly column. I begged off. They called again, and again, and again. I finally said, “yes.” It was a dubious beginning.

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Isaiah is a somewhat mysterious character.  We know quite a bit about him, but it is hard to get to know him. His name means Yahweh saves. The Old Testament book which bears his name is placed first in the books of the prophets. Its many insights into the character of God present a picture o…

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Memorial Day is a special day.  Since 1868, our country has set aside May 30 to remember the great sacrifice made by men and women who have died while in active military service. Since 1971, in classic American seeking of self, we have chosen to take a three-day weekend by taking a day off f…

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The fact that the Messiah will open the eyes of the blind is a recurring theme of the book of Isaiah and the Gospels.  The Bible clearly describes the person who is lost in their sin as being spiritually blind.  The Bible speaks figuratively of the lost person having scales on his eyes that …

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Perhaps you have this same problem that besets me.  Trusting God for an outcome requires also trusting His timing.  If I am impatient, anxious, nervous, worrying, edgy, irked, or fretful about the speed with which God is visibly working in my world, then I do not truly trust Him. Oh, I may s…

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