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Do Not Resist Evil

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to … Continue reading

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Your Efforts Matter for the Kingdom of God

Mark 4:26-32       Each Gospel has its own perspective of Jesus and his life. Some have said it’s because the authors were writing to different audiences. That seems likely for Matthew (to Jews) and Luke (to Gentiles), but for Mark … Continue reading

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Jesus, the Serpent, and Eternal Life

John 3:15      How about another twist on the John 3 text? “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the son of man be lifted up that whoever believes in him should have eternal life.” … Continue reading

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The Name of God

 “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world.”      John 17:6 (NRSV)      What is the name of God that Jesus made known to his disciples? Was it Yahweh? Or Jehovah? Or El-Shaddai? None … Continue reading

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You Are Not Powerless

       Have you ever gone into a department store to return a product that was damaged, or that didn’t work properly the first time you used it? You go up to the return counter, a bit upset because you … Continue reading

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Do Not Resist an Evildoer

         Do not resist an evildoer. That’s a hard thing to do. It goes against human nature. And that’s why following Jesus is so difficult. This is how he said it:     “You have heard that it was … Continue reading

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The Death of Individualism

       I’m getting ready to plant another garden this year. I’ve started turning over the soil so all the leaves and compost can breakdown to add nutrients and texture to the soil. I bought some seeds—snap peas, green beans, … Continue reading

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11 Ways to Receive Eternal Life

       Eternal life is one of my favorite topics. And it’s one of the most difficult to get across. I preached and taught about it for eleven years. And still, if you ask people in my congregation “what is … Continue reading

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Treasures in Heaven – New Ebook

       For the next ten days (until March 14) I’ll be pricing my new ebook, How To Store Up Treasures in Heaven and Enjoy Them in Your Life Today, on Amazon for 99ȼ. After that, I’ll be raising the … Continue reading

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The Kingdom Comes with Power

       Jesus seems to have talked in circles. He said something in Mark 9:1 that has confounded people for a long time. It doesn’t seem to make sense.  The way it’s usually translated is like this: And [Jesus] said … Continue reading

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