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Nazareth! Can anything good come from there? John 1:46 I wrote about an honored elder’s funeral in my last post.  Let’s call her “Mary”. “Derrick” delivered the eulogy; and his preaching made me thank God – for Derrick, Derrick’s gifts, and the community I grew up in. We all grew up in the same neighborhood,Keep reading…

Numbering Our Days

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2013
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Teach us to number our days aright, That we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 One of the elders in my life died.  She’s known me since I was a baby.  She was my neighbor. She was a friend to my mom.  She babysat me.  Her daughter and I grew up together inKeep reading…

Loss

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2013
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(I wrote the following during the summer of 2012, but got distracted and never posted it.  The subject of this post passed away recently and I attended her funeral yesterday.  I’ll probably post a few more entries as a way of processing what happened.) “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word ofKeep reading…

Doing Justice

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2013
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I will stand at my watchpost, and station myself on the rampart; I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, and what he will answer concerning my complaint.  Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. HabakkukKeep reading…

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  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. Matthew 1:24 Before Christmas, my pastor used Matthew 1:18-25 to focus on Joseph.  She said that sometimes obedience to God would come at great cost to us; but we would be blessedKeep reading…

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Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. Acts 16:16  I forget that Jesus Christ is a revolutionary. I know the story of Paul and Silas’s miracle release from prison.   While praying and singing to God,Keep reading…

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Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death.  They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returnedKeep reading…