Archive for January, 2011

On Purpose! – Nicodemus At Night

Friday, January 28th, 2011

“Why did Nicodemus come at night?”is a different question than, “Why did John record that Nicodemus came at night?” Nicodemus came to Jesus by night (Jn. 3:2; 19:39). That is a fact which John records. Why this ruler came at night has intrigued commentators and common people. Was Nicodemus afraid (Jn. 19:38-39)? Was Nicodemus coming […]

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Wonders of the Word – Maintaining Balance (Acts 20:27)

Friday, January 28th, 2011

I wonder if there is any greater challenge than balance. This search for balance exists in every aspect of life: work versus family; responsibility versus freedom; chores versus fun; praise versus constructive criticism; etc. If balance is difficult in every aspect of life, then should we expect it in spiritual areas too? If one truth […]

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Wonders of the Word – Sandals and Deity (Exodus 3:5-6)

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Considering the remarkable similarities between the beginnings of Exodus and Matthew – birth stories, driven to the wilderness, water (well and baptism), fire (bush and baptism), do you think there is a tie (pun intended) between God telling Moses to take off his sandals because he is standing on holy ground (Exodus 3.5-6), and John […]

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Wonders from the Word – Reacting to the Tuscon Tragedy (Romans 12:21)

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Evil cannot be defeated if we deny its very existence. Evil cannot be extinguished by another evil for then it still exists. There is only one solution, one weapon powerful enough, and that is Divine goodness. But evil is devious, being of the devil, and confuses those who are good into destroying evil through evil […]

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On Purpose! – Living In The Real World

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Can you imagine someone who is so smart that they are dumb? Sounds, crazy enough to be true! This paradox is explained very simply where someone has “book sense,” but no “common sense.” They are smart and educated, they just are not wise or street-wise. They score high on an IQ test, but have no […]

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Wonders from the Word – I Am the Head of My Wife (Eph.5:23-25)

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

I am the head of my wife.  The head honcho, the boss, the big guy.  Without apology and with no reservation, I say that.  My wife is to listen to and obey me.  Such talk is not politically correct, but it is biblically correct.  In some homes such talk is not safe, either. My position […]

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On Purpose! – Lord Take Control (Psalm 31:5)

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

I love driving. In fact my favorite part of driving is putting on the brakes. It is so thrilling slowing down. Most people enjoy pushing down the gas pedal and accelerating out of a curve, not me. Slowing down going into the curve, now that’s fun. When I see a red light, I get giddy […]

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Wonders from the Word – The Speeches of the Apostles (Acts 11:14))

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

The book of Acts could have been named, “Speeches” because it is not only a book of actions, it is a book of speeches and sermons. The inspired rhetoric reminds the Jewish people of their special heritage and subsequent responsibilities. For example, Peter called the Jews, “sons of the prophets and of the covenant that […]

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