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January 21, 2021
How did Jesus ever come to be in what we now call Lebanon?  We know about his excursion there because of his encounter with a woman, called Syrophoenician by Mark, Canaanite by Matthew.  Why was he there? 
January 17, 2021
It’s become a cliché to say that something is “a marathon not a sprint”.  There are certainly times in life when a brief very intense effort is called for.  Yet most of life shows the cliché is the reality—most things in life require long-term, sustained effort.
January 15, 2021
Thirty years, and he still surprises her!  Meal follows meal, day follows day, year follows year…and things you shouldn’t forget just seem to fade into the background.  You shouldn’t be surprised, but you are.
January 14, 2021
I can’t remember the last time I heard a speaker or teacher direct my attention to the prophet Habakkuk.  Rereading his short, three chapter book, I’m wondering why.  There’s a lot there to build up believers, as the New Testament writers clearly understood. 
January 13, 2021
Unanimity is an exceedingly rare commodity.  Agreement across cultures, languages, religions, political leanings…well, you know how often that happens.  But here we are, looking at a unanimous opinion of the year that’s ending:  “Good riddance!”  Every year we see year-end recaps offered by essentially everyone.  We do it ourselves.  All of them, this year, are painting 2020 as beyond awful.
January 11, 2021
Toward the end, God is going to really shake things up. 
December 30, 2020
If you are following just about any Bible reading plan (I hope you are!) then here at the end of the year you are almost certainly reading Revelation.  This book puts many people off.  It is filled, as we all know, with a lot of symbolic imagery.  Figuring out the symbols is a life-long endeavor for some, and differing conclusions are reached.  Resulting in arguments, of course—all the students being human beings.  It’s this outcome that puts many off.
December 22, 2020
Lots of people are reading and quoting from Luke 1 this week: the visit Gabriel paid to Mary.  Most would say this is the beginning of Christianity, though a few might have at least a partial realization that foundations were laid much earlier.
December 21, 2020
We aren’t told what the topic was, but it seems clear that Jesus was being grilled. There were hard questions being put and the answers were scrutinized.
December 11, 2020
A Poem
December 9, 2020
Tonight we attended a Bible study (remotely), part of which was spent on James chapter 3.  There wasn’t a lot of time left by the time we got to James’s discussion of the “wisdom from above” in verses 13-18.  But as it generally does, this passage got me thinking.  If we take the passage apart, there’s just so much to think about, in relation to our own walk.
December 7, 2020
The concept of the one body is very familiar to us. Paul in particular gives it a lot of attention, opening up and explaining the figure so that we can see the full power of it.
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