When It Seems Like Nothing’s Working

When It Seems Like Nothing’s Working

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For those who follow Jesus, there is a general understanding that we are called to certain people and places throughout our lives. In other words, there is an actual purpose and plan to our existence. We see this throughout Scripture, and also experience it through...
Aunt Lucy and the Day of the Lord

Aunt Lucy and the Day of the Lord

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I think I’m turning into my great-aunt Lucy. I’m concerned. Remember being five? Remember some of the old people? Walking ancestors your family would visit every year or so and they were there doing whatever old people do. Mysterious living beings from…...
Prone to Wander – Into the Discipline of God

Prone to Wander – Into the Discipline of God

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When the children of Israel were delivered from Egypt, God was very clear that they were not to live in the manner that they had witnessed in the Egyptians for over 400 years.  Nor were they to live as the Canaanites were living in the land where they were going.  He...
Love or Justice: a response to evil

Love or Justice: a response to evil

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The timing is more than coincidental.  Clearly, God wants me to reflect more deeply on something that confuses us emotionally, spiritually, intellectually. A few weeks ago, I taught on the book of Joel at Mosaic. Sunday morning I woke up to the headlines of the...
What I Need Most

What I Need Most

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It was just a little line, but it jumped off the page.  Sometimes a few words is all it takes to reframe how we look at things. In the midst of studying Joel 2:11-14 on the justice and mercy of God, this phrase grabbed me: Return to the Lord your God, for he is...