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Where Silence Meets Hope

Where Silence Meets Hope

“For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.” Ps 62:5 Are you a person who misses opportunities to respond to a comment? Or, a person who wishes they hadn’t opened their mouth? In my marriage, we are house divided. My wife continually wishes she would have spoken up. I, on the other hand, cannot seem to keep my mouth shut. Last week, I couldn’t resist posting what I thought was a simple snarky joke…

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Can Anything Good Come of This?

Can Anything Good Come of This?

“Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” John 1:46 In 2015, Kmart brought back their once signature marketing tool, the blue-light special. Alasdair James, the president of Kmart at the time, promoted the move as a returning to the DNA of the store’s culture. He said, “We think there is a real positive buzz coming out of it and we expect to see an increase in sales.” The move…

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What Do You See?

What Do You See?

“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”  Mt 2:2 I was blessed with great peripheral vision. It allows me to see things many people miss. My brother, on the other hand, was not. The difference in our range of vision was always an issue when we drove together. I would see an eagle flying far off to the side of the…

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The Land Never Forgets

The Land Never Forgets

For darkness shall cover the earth,     and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you,     and his glory will appear over you. Is 60:2 On Friday mornings, I used to eat breakfast with the pastor of a neighboring church. He had a fascinating hobby and used to share stories about it when we met. During the year, he and some friends would study a specific battle from the Civil War. They would chart troop movements and unique…

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The Greatest Picture in the World

The Greatest Picture in the World

Praise him, sun and moon;     praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens,     and you waters above the heavens!  Ps. 148:3-4 The song Tribute is a ballad about an imaginary encounter with a demon. The demon challenges the band, Tenacious D, to play the best song in the world. The band members, Jack Black and Kyle Gass, accept the challenge and end up playing the greatest song in the world. However, as the song goes, they forgot the…

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Like A Burning Torch

Like A Burning Torch

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,     and for Jerusalem’s sake, I will not rest, until her vindication shines out like the dawn,     and her salvation like a burning torch. Is. 62:1 Early in December, President Trump announced the United States would begin the process of moving its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The decision was a significant step towards identifying Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The President called the move both the fulfilling of a campaign…

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A House Can Feel Lonely

A House Can Feel Lonely

“See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” 2 Sam. 7:2 Earlier this year, my sister-in-law sold her large house in a quiet family neighborhood and moved to an apartment in downtown Minneapolis. The first time I went to visit, she met me in the lobby. It was very bright, modern and hip. Moved by the contrast from her old place, I started to sing the theme song to…

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Come Home With Shouts of Joy

Come Home With Shouts of Joy

The Thomas Fire has torched over 230,000 acres of land in Southern California, as of Monday. The fire increased by 56,000 acres on Sunday alone and traveled seven miles. There are over six thousand firefighters from eleven western states fighting the blaze. It is the fifth largest fire in California history and is only one of several fires burning on the outskirts of Los Angeles. It may not happen for awhile, but eventually, the fire will be contained. When that…

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