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Influential Books: AWE: Why It Matters!

Here it is: awe is a longing. The capacity for awe that God has given us fundamentally explains the endless variety of human dissatisfactions. Between the “already” of our conversion and the “not yet” of eternity, we are granted greater satisfaction, but our hearts are not at rest; the war still goes on, and we…

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A Human Emotion

A Holy Angst In this Holy Week, we see Jesus set His face resolutely to finish the work He came to do. Jesus knew He would die a horrible death, yet He did not shrink back, but He did experience a holy angst. Sometimes I think I forget how difficult facing the cruel death on…

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The Spirit of Truth — Our Advocate

But I will send you the Advocate—the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will testify all about me.  John 15:26 NLT As Jesus prepares for His death, He comforts the disciples. He tells them multiple times in the Upper Room discourse that He is going away but won’t leave…

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Love your enemies

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, Do good to those who hate you, Bless those who curse you, Pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who…

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Poverty, Blessings, and Woes

Privilege vs Poverty I was born in a life of privilege. I had two loving parents, lived in suburbia, attended good schools, had good food to eat, a solid “middle class” upbringing. I did not lack anything important. I did nothing on my own to live that life of privilege. Since my childhood, I have…

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Luke 2:22-40: Simeon’s Song

As I continue to look at the Christmas story out of season, I am praying for understanding to see the story anew – to step back to see it with fresh eyes. My focus today is on Luke 2:22-40, about 40 days after the birth of Jesus. Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus from…

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