Joy to the World

"Rejoice always," wrote Paul from a Roman prison. Rejoice is a rich word, meaning, according to a leading Greek lexicon, to be in a state of happiness and wellbeing. For many, this is a fleeting experience encountered rarely, not a reality coming even close to always. As Christmas approaches, and...

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Deep and Wide

Valuing Local Church Investment in View of Global Evangelism Let’s call it the paralysis of empathy. It’s that feeling you get when, for example, you sit down to watch a show on TV and a commercial breaks in with the emaciated form of an impoverished child living in the slums...

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The Hairball of Sin

Psalm 8 is not a long psalm, but a jam-packed psalm that defines the glory and majesty of our Lord. In it we see the heavens, children, animals, birds, man, and fish used to reflect the glory of God.  I was particularly taken with the verse 2, “Out of the...

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Dress Right, Dress!

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25 Tara and I recently returned from a trip to Newport, Rhode Island where I began my Navy career. It was quite nostalgic seeing the Chaplain School, King Hall where I lived for two...

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A Teenage Love Song

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine… So begins one of my favorite hymns of devotion to Jesus. It is a simple and rich hymn that has put words and melody to one of Christianity’s most intimate sentiments for over 140 years. The hymn reached its first...

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