Choosing Life, One Generation at a Time

Today, I sit before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, so that you may live, you and your descendants. - Deuteronomy 30.14 The task that is laid before the people of every generation is whether or not they will follow after God. Will they build upon the good works and …

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Belonging and Survival

The human condition is predicated on the premise that we belong and are needed by others. In order to survive and live life well, we are dependent on the presence and generosity of those who surround us - not only for provision but for meaning, relationship, and warmth as well. Just think about it: in …

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Question: Do You Really Believe in the Resurrection?

Do you really believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ? No, this is not a trick question. Do you honesty, whole heartily believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ? At a deep, fundamental level in your heart of hearts, when no one is looking, really believe in what Jesus came to do, and accomplished on the cross …

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Back to the Basics: Love God, Love Others

A man came to Jesus and asked Him what was the greatest commandment in the law. Jesus replied, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your heart, and with all you mind...and Love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22.37-39). Nearly 2,000 years have passed and God's Word to us is still …

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A Few Thoughts about Reconciliation. Feedback Please!

I am currently reading Exclusion and Embrace by Mirslov Volf and came across this powerful thought about reconciliation: "The work of reconciliation should proceed under the assumption that, though the behavior of a person may be judged as deplorable, even demonic, no one should ever be excluded from the will to embrace, because, at the …

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I Am Not My Hair…So Who Am I?

Although its been almost 15 years, I still remember the time I lost my hair because of a bad relaxer. It was 1997 and I was 14 and going to this hair dresser down the street from where I lived in Milwaukee. Unlike other hair dressers I had been to in the past, she knew …

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Thoughts on They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky

I recently finished reading a great book about the Lost Boys of Sudan. "They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky"  tells the story of several boys, well now they are adult men, who fled their villages during a period of war. Against all odds, these boys crossed deserts, survived wild animals, and dodged bullets …

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