Balancing Our Prayers

Your experience may be different but try as I might to keep prayer orderly and balanced, I tend to  wander all over the place: praising Him, complaining, saying my perceived needs, praising Him, complaining, needs of other people – well, you know how it goes. If you don’t get it,...

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A Thought on Prayer – Part 1 of 2

Matthew 6:7-8 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (ESV) Prayer is the one thing...

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The Danger of Assimilation

The inability to meet together (Hebrews 10:25) has significant ramifications. Not all of us can attend Sunday morning services because of the health hazard presented by COVID-19. Bible studies and other services have been canceled or moved online. We understand that it is difficult to “stir up one another to...

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Pentecost and Shavuot: A 3332 Year History

According to Jewish tradition, Friday, May 29, 2020, marks 50 days since the day after the Passover Sabbath. Leviticus 23:15 says, “You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering. 16 You shall count fifty days...

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God Dwells Among Us

The three previous posts looked at Passover and how it matches up to Good Friday and Easter. Today, we’ll look at one more event tied to Passover. Just after the children of Israel left Egypt, Moses received the Law from God. Through the Law, God revealed more about Himself than...

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Exodus in the Gospel, Part 3 of 3

Tonight (April 8, 2020) is the Jewish celebration of Passover. What does it have to do with Christianity? Everything! Passover and Christ’s resurrection were linked up until the Council of Nicaea where the Romish church decided not to rely on the Jewish calculations for the month of Nisan. Even with...

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Exodus in the Gospel, Pt 2 of 3

The Lord is Greater Than All gods The exodus from Egypt is much more than a struggle against evil. It is about a people becoming a nation, God showing Himself to be the powerful God that He is, and it is about God revealing Himself to -and His expectations of-...

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Life Has Changed

John 14:27:  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Being in the Twin Cities last week was weird. There was no rush hour. Like Rapid...

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Exodus in the Gospel Part 1 of 3

This is the holy time of the year for Jews and Gentiles alike: Passover, Good Friday, Resurrection Day and (for some) Lent. So, we’re going to spend a little time in Exodus because it is the key to this part of the calendar. In the early church, up until the...

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Do The Right Thing

It can be scary when God calls on us to do something for Him. Whether it is to simply reach out to a neighbor in need, or to study Scripture with somebody new, or to take the ethical high road, doing His will – as the Holy Spirit leads –...

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