Knowing Fear Away

A couple of months ago, my daughters enjoyed playing in a hotel swimming pool. They are not entirely comfortable in the water, so getting them to jump in requires some coaxing. Once I convince them that I will catch them and keep them afloat, they jump. Knowing that I am for them...
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Parable of the Sower, Part 4

Unstable hearers create confusion for gospel proclaimers. Jesus notes that these people receive the word with joy. The positive response encourages those sowing the gospel. A little endurance adds to the encouragement. But at a certain point, these unproductive hearers...
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Parable of the Sower, Part 3

The parable of the sower challenges gospel proclaimers to fulfill their responsibility regardless of the response. Jesus describes three unproductive responses and one productive response that yields differing quantities. Unproductive hearers will always be unregenerate and...
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Rootless

As a seven or eight year old I experienced an unforgettable week one summer at my grandparent’s home in Rush, Ohio. My grandfather pastored a country church and two cousins and I spent the week at the parsonage so we could go to VBS together. Of course, VBS took only a few...
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The Invitation

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV) The Son’s...
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God’s Disclosure, Your Rest

Attempting to handle life on our own burdens and wearies the soul. “I got this” often is our motto. We have been self-deceived into thinking we can right our sinking ships and handle the overwhelming flood of life in our own strength. Instead of accepting the loving...
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Building with Infinite Wealth

Tourist attractions normally lose their appeal for me after a visit or two. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt (or, in my case, hat). Except for one. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina stands a remarkable monument of the Gilded Age – the Biltmore...
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“How long, O Lord?”

A quick internet search of “captive in a box” yields disturbing results. Evil men do evil things. Unspeakably evil things. Insanely evil things. Harmful evil things. The same search yields incredible stories of courage, endurance, resourcefulness, and commitment to...
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