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Personal relationship with God and biblical reflections.

The Thrill of Hope

The thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn’ This lyric comes from one of my favorite Christmas carols: “O Holy Night.” I’ve always been captivated by the curious phrase, the thrill of hope. I’ve always wondered something. What is it, exactly, that makes hope thrilling? Thrilling isn’t …

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All the Poor and Powerless

One of my favorite songs is called “All the Poor and Powerless” by All Sons and Daughters. The opening verse states: All the poor and powerless And all the lost and lonely And all the thieves will come confess And know that You are holy And know that You are holy Those who end up …

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The Best Antidote to Unhealthy Theology

A few days ago, a member at my church got in touch with me about some unhealthy theology that a loved one of hers was beginning to wade into. This person had stumbled across a theologian whose teaching had raised her suspicions. She was determined to understand the teaching she was dealing with and she wanted to …

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How to Forgive Someone Who Hasn’t Asked

Have you ever sensed the need to forgive someone who has harmed you? Forgiveness is easier when they apologize. But, what if they’re oblivious or unrepentant? Lately, I’ve done some thinking and praying about how to forgive someone who hasn’t asked. Before we get to that, we have to be clear about why we would consider forgiveness …

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7 Reasons Weekly Worship is Vital

Central Indiana woke up to our first semi-substantial snowfall of 2016 this morning. And, while I don’t expect many to relate to what I’m about to say, I’m going to say it anyway. Sunday snow stinks! Any other day of the week, no problem. If it snows on Tuesday, we cancel school and everyone is happy. …

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