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Meditations on 1 Peter 1:13-25- If

In 1 Peter 1:17, Peter says, “And IF you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile.”  (Emphasis added).  The word “if” is known...

Where is your God?

In times of trouble, people tend to respond to God in one of two ways.  Some people see the terrible things happening around them and they “become religious.”  They try to make sense of the darkness and turn toward...

New Years Resolutions

It is now 2020 and many people have already made a few resolutions for the New Year, (and some have probably already failed at those resolutions).  I have always found new year’s resolutions a bit silly.  Why wait until...

What Christmas Means to Me

Have you ever heard the Stevie Wonder song, “What Christmas means to me”?  It’s a fairly normal 1960’s Christmas song that lists off a number of special things about Christmas.  Mentioned in the song are mistletoe, smiling faces, snow...

Meditations on Philippians 4:13- Exegesis Matters

Some Bible verses seem to integrate themselves into culture.  You will hear them quoted, (sometimes misquoted), by politicians, athletes and famous stars.  In my opinion, no verse, (except maybe Romans 8:28), has become more a part of mainstream American...

Jesus didn’t vote

This week was election week in the U.S.  Americans had the chance to cast their ballot and effect change all over the country.  Voting is such an amazing freedom and a blessing.  However, I feel like voting has become...

Consequences

Humans hate consequences.  Since our creation, we have always loved to make rash decisions without giving a thought to the consequences.  Just look at Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:6:  “So when the woman saw that the tree was...