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If idols of all the nations had Yahweh’s attention, those of the future Babylon would draw special attention since Judah’s exiles would be surrounded by them. Bel is also called Marduk, … more
I was just admonished by my wife to make sure that I passed this story along to my kids and my grandkids. I thought I had already written it down, but not so. So here we go. It was 1970 and I was … more
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, I realize that Thanksgiving Day has passed. We have officially made the turn into the days leading up to Christmas. Yet if you will allow me, I want … more
Would it surprise you to learn that THANKFULNESS is mentioned 73 times in the New Testament? 20 in the Gospels? I don’t know about you, but that stirred up in me the question: what do the … more
God’s mission for Cyrus, future king of Persia and conqueror of Babylon, is described in detail. He will liberate Judah’s exiles (45:1-2). He will see that this is the Lord’s work … more
So you open your favorite media site and see the morning fill in the blank: GOD IS _____. Then you open your email and the first one is the same fill in the blank: GOD IS _____. You then open your … more
Throughout November, my sister-in-law (sister in Christ too) has been posting a fill-in-the- blank statement on her Facebook page: I am thankful for ________. It got me to thinking, so much so … more
“But now” signals hope can be found in the Lord (43:1). Judah will face difficult times when they return from exile, but the Lord’s shepherding presence ensures they can meet any … more
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, In 1887 the Nachtigall family arrived in the United States of America from Waldheim, South Russia. The things the family faced in South Russia … more
Clay Center, Kansas –Early in our marriage while we were eating dinner one evening, I said to Kathe “Thanks for dinner, honey.” She responded a little surprised so I followed up … more
There will be those who insist that I have received my just desserts. However, I choose to believe that I have been favored by unbelievably good fortune despite a fall from my church platform. … more
Isaiah 42 includes the first of the Servant Songs (1-9). The Servant enjoys the sustaining power of God in His person and mission. He embodies all that Israel should be but never was; consequently, … more
Many of the most memorable events in the Bible center around God’s incredible miracles. From Creation, to the universal Flood, to the plagues, to the dividing of the Red Sea, to the walls of … more
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, It seems that there has been one thing after another that has come up in recent days.  I have received calls and texts from people asking for … more
We spend hours at homecomings, reminiscing about bygone days. There were mutterings of how time flies at Howard Payne University’s annual gathering on October 1. The class of 1971, headed … more
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Recent days has proven to be difficult on families, friends and our communities. It is so hard to realize the loss that people are experiencing at … more
Late one night, many years ago, while Shari was out of town, I was working in my office and received a phone call from a fellow minister who was irate with me. Several people in his church had called … more
Idolatry remains the constant divisive problem between God and Judah and her neighboring nations. That sin in its many forms will meet God’s judgment. This scene is set in a courtroom. Nations … more
Presbyterians celebrate the tradition that grounds their faith on Reformation Sunday, which this year occurs on October 31, 2021. Reformation Sunday marks the occasion in 1517 when Martin Luther … more
These days, subjects like false teachers and false teaching don’t get much air time in sermons or classes. That is why I think a little lesson on early Church history might be some good … more
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