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This Little Light of Mine

“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.” – Philippians 2:14-16 What sort of circumstances cause you to question God’s character? Are…

God Among Us

The prophet Isaiah’s words inspire us with their beautiful cadences and lofty heights. They confront us with stern rebukes and correction. Isaiah is the source of nearly one quarter of the Old Testament quotations and allusions cited in the New Testament. In sheer size, it is second only to the Book of Psalms in length. Most important, Isaiah gives us a unique understanding of Jesus the Messiah, who fulfills many of these prophecies given 700 years before his birth. For…

Celebration

The large conference room on the lower level of Target Field was nearly ready, people were still busy making sure the food was in order on the tables and several people were making final arrangements of the chairs in various locations. While this was going on some of the invitees were beginning to arrive for the celebration. The air was thick with anticipation as the good ole boys from days gone by were together again. The boys of that long…

A Brand New You

Recently a friend completed a yearlong project to re-build his lake cabin. What began as basically a shack built in 1945 without electricity and plumbing is now nothing like the original. The project began with stripping the original cabin to the studs and determine what could be salvaged and used in the new cabin. As the work began they soon realized most of the original cabin was not salvageable. They did keep an interior wall and used it as a…

The Cross

Death by Roman crucifixion was a result of the whole-body weight being supported by out stretched arms. When nailed to the cross there was a massive strain put on the wrists, arms and shoulders often resulting in a dislocation of the shoulder and elbow joints. The rib cage was constrained in a fixed position, which made it extremely difficult to exhale, and impossible to take a full breath. The main cause of death by Roman crucifixion was due to asphyxiation.…