The Journey of 7,000 Miles

Last week we were introduced to the Magi, ancient astronomers who travelled 800 miles from the region of modern-day Iraq and Iran to the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they inquired of the Roman governor over the region, King Herod, asking to see the newly born […]

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O Captain, My Captain

Last week, at the end of Matthew 1, we read about the birth of Jesus, which we discover in chapter 2 took place in Bethlehem, which is about 5 miles south of Jerusalem. If you will look at the map, notice the red circle. The focus in Matthew 2:1-12 is the famous appearance of the […]

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The Struggle to Believe

Do you ever struggle to believe? Sometimes we look at our circumstances and just can’t believe that God is wise or good or cares. Or that God even exists. Wildfires, hurricanes, and tornadoes Cancer, ALS and mental illness Racial injustice, political corruption, and economic uncertainty Broken marriages, unfulfilling jobs, and besetting sins At some point, […]

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Free Marriage Advice

Philosopher Alain de Botton provided some marriage advice recently in The New York Times. He claims that for the past two-and-a-half centuries many of us have been deceived by what he calls the Romantic view of marriage. He defines the Romantic view as the belief “that a perfect (human) being exists who can meet all our […]

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Blind Spot Detection

The technology being introduced to new vehicles is quite amazing. Not just fancy things like onboard Wifi and built in navigation with touch screen controls, but safety features such as lane management systems and blind spot detection sensors. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is a form of blind spot detection. Believers throughout history have had blind spots […]

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Sometimes Winning is Losing

ABC’s Wide World of Sports aired on Saturdays from April 29, 1961 to January 3, 1998. The host for the entire 37-year run of the show was Jim McKay (no relation). 😊 The opening monologue is now iconic. Watch it here. Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory… and […]

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The Unleavened Life

Message Notes My favorite bread is Promise Bread from Costco – “everything free” bread / you’d think it would cost less! For some, the consequences of consuming gluten can severe. Rash. Swelling. Digestive complications. What Paul is showing us in 1 Corinthians 5:6-13 is that there is a spiritual form of gluten that will cause […]

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What is Your TQ?

In June of 1938, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote a letter to his editor Stanley Unwin to explain why he was behind schedule finishing the final draft of The Hobbit. Instead of creating more material, he decided to start over and rewrite the entire first three chapters. His motivation was the feedback of a trusted friend and […]

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Critics in the Crowd

From 1975-1996, there was a popular TV show on public television called Sneak Previews. The program was hosted by two film critics in Chicago, Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel.[1] They are the duo that came up with the thumbs up or down system for evaluating movies. Their popularity launched a crowd of film critics, resulting […]

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