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  • The greedy among our greatest losers: the charitable among our greatest heroes
    The greedy among our greatest losers: the charitable among our greatest heroes
    Jesus’ Parable of the Last Judgment (Matthew 25:31-46) is a serious warning personally and nationally. How does it translate to our responsibilities as Christians? How does that work in our national politics? How does that translate to our...
  • Giving thanks in humility
    Giving thanks in humility
    In the story of the thankful Samaritan (Luke 17:11-19), ten were healed but only one was pronounced saved by his faith. Were the other nine healed apart from their own faith? Without thankfulness are we not completely well, even though our disease...
  • Message of the season: world peace is coming
    Message of the season: world peace is coming
    Advent is a time of hope for the world. It is not the next election, the next great political movement, the next great religious movement or even our favorite sports team winning the season. Passages such as Mark 13:24-37 reveal that the outcome...
  • The highway back to God
    The highway back to God
    Isaiah’s message (40:1-11) continues into Mark 1:1-8. God instructs his angels to comfort his people, to reassure Jerusalem that her punishment will soon be over. A voice from God’s angelic council urges fellow angels to build a...
  • When will there be change?
    When will there be change?
    What is witnessing? Some people seem to think that it means we make statements like we are saved and ask others if they have been born again. John 1:6-7 says that John the Baptist was a witness, yet he did not use any such language. He was sent ...
  • Simeon's bucket list
    Simeon's bucket list
    In Luke 2:22-40 we learn that Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day. Thirty three days later his mother observed the purification rites (Leviticus 12:2-8). The family’s offering was doves or pigeons without a lamb because Jesus’...
  • Black; James Black
    Recent events have some Chicagoans wondering if heaven will be segregated
    Controversial and iconic radio personality Rush Limbaugh added fuel to an already out of control race and class related fire by stating that James Bond could not and should not be played (in the movies) by a black man; according to a December 26...
  • I Choose Life - A Devotion
    I Choose Life - A Devotion
    Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT)“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and...
  • Woodcut Scene from Dante's Divine Comedy
    God and the cruelty of hell
    The Christian doctrine of hell is a complex and controversial one which ranges in severity from the writings of Rob Bell who confidently asserts that hell amounts to a slap on the wrist where ne’erdowells are reformed and sent to heaven; to...
  • The Most Popular Christmas Song Ever
    Christmas songs without Christ? So says Time Magazine
    Many Christians believe there is a battle being waged against Christianity. The foe -- secularism. Christians might be right if a recent article by Time Magazine is correct. Entitled "This is the Most Popular Christmas Song Ever," the...
  • What to do when God seems far away
    What to do when God seems far away
    It is so amazing that when things are going well, we say, "God is present in my life." If God is present in your life when things are going well, where is God when things are NOT going well? Did God move or did you?It is easy to feel God...
  • Nativity
    The Christmas manger was just the beginning
    The unimpressive manger was just a feed trough. No one knows for sure where it was located. It could have been in a lean to, a cave, or an addition built onto the side of the Inn where there was no room for Mary and Joseph. Remarkable consequences...
  • Thunderstorm
    How to be strengthened in the midst of a storm
    David's own men held him responsible for the tragic raid on Ziklag by the Amalekites. They had burned Ziklag and taken captive all the women and children. When David and his men returned to Ziklag and discovered what had happened, they wept...
  • The poinsettia, the flower of Christmas
    Our lives, at times have the fragrance of a poinsettia
    The poinsettia has long been the traditional flower of Christmas. Each year the bright red and white flowers of the poinsettia along with the green leaves adorn many homes, churches and places of business in order to help them appear more festive...
  • Nativity
    Advent V: The Hope of God's Humiliation
    The culminating story of Advent is the birth of Jesus. In it we are presented with a paradox that actively demonstrates how far God is willing to go to bring us the hope of His salvation. The story begins with the masters of the world still...