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Does Doubting Thomas Deserve His Name?

  Why do we insist on labeling Thomas the “doubting disciple”? Is he getting a bad rap from history, or does Scripture support our nickname for him? And how does his story encourage us today? After a week of vacation, I’m…

Self-Control: How Jesus Ruled Himself for Our Sake

Many Christians practice self-control during the season of Lent, fasting from favorite foods to draw closer to Jesus. When I was nine years old, I decided to give up ice cream sandwiches for Lent, which I considered a great sacrifice…

Kindness: The Fruit We Need to Taste

  Tell me. What is kindness? And you’re not allowed to use the word “kind” in the definition. That sounds like the kind of trick question your fourth grade teacher used to ask, doesn’t it? That’s because I want to…
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The Mysterious Servant Speaks: Isaiah 49:1-7

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash Three mysterious contestants sat before the celebrity panel. Each of the contestants stood in turn and announced, "My name is Robert Ethan Miller." All three claimed the same name. It was the celebrities'…

Bruised and Burned Out, Like Us: Isaiah 42:1-4

Photo by Andres F. Uran on Unsplash The bruised poinsettia leaves and burned out Advent candles are finally in the trash. I know. It's almost the middle of January. In my defense I love the cheery glow of Christmas decorations so much that…
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Waiting in the Storm: Isaiah 30

Photo by Stephen Walker on Unsplash   Welcome back to the waiting room. Yes, now that the cheer of Christmas and New Year's celebrations have passed, it's time to settle in. We've swept up the pine needles, taken down the lights,…

Prince of Peace: His Expanding Kingdom

Photo by Luke Tanis on Unsplash What would it feel like to not only have peace, but a Prince of Peace, one who would provide shalom. One who would bring a constantly expanding peace, that grows, puts out tendrils and takes new ground?…
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Mighty God: Jesus, the Conquering One

Photo by WALID CHARAFI on Unsplash What kind of leader do we need today?  A mighty man with a big mouth or a mild man with a bold VP? Ha! A full month after our election, we are still asking that question, even though no more uncounted…
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Passionate Love: Applying Mark 15

Photo by Zac Durant on Unsplash   Why is it good to remember the passionate love of Christ for us? Is it so we will feel bad for putting him through such pain? Or is it some kind of ploy for using guilt as a tool to manipulate our…
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The Powerless One? Studying Mark 15

Photo by Damir Spanic on Unsplash   We're continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark today, a study that is following the preaching schedule at Rincon Mountain Presbyterian Church. Mark 15 places Jesus in the eye of the storm. He…