Jesus Wept

There’s a heaviness hanging in the chest that the mind doesn’t understand “You have an eternal, unbreakable hope,” mind declares, “why the tears that yearn to leak out?” “Do you not believe what the Lord has said?” “Do you not believe that He is only good?” That voice upstairs answers itself, “Yes, amen!” while down []
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The Holy Who?

It’s hard to say who I fell in love with first, God or Jesus, but I think God probably just inches ahead Jesus.  I still remember the awe of learning about God’s unceasing efforts and Jesus’ total sacrifice, all for love of me. After accepting this, accepting them, I spent many late night bible studies []
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Much More…

Our as-yet-nameless bible study group (four years on) that meets on Wednesdays (used to be Thursdays) with fluid membership requirements (think we’ve narrowed it down to female?) is currently doing a series on choices. (Perhaps we should have started with this one all those years ago…) Anyway, this series started with a detailed look into []
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Who is this man…

Ever heard someone say “Jesus just isn’t for me”? I know I said it once upon a time. I had that instinctive, uncomfortable rejection of the very name of Jesus, even though I didn’t know much about him (ie nothing) at the time. The past few Sundays, we’ve been looking at who Jesus was, and []
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Abracadabra

John 1:1-3, 14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen []
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Freedom

Freedom. It’s a very popular concept in America. It gets tossed around a lot. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. And of course, everyone’s favourite for pursuing their own agenda: “It’s a free country.” It’s something we love to talk about as if we invented the concept, and yet other than a nationwide picnic and []
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The Power of Music

I was in the car sitting at a red light listening to the radio, when the dj said he was going to play a song that was guaranteed to make you turn up the volume and sing along. Pffft, I thought, stretching out my hand to change the channel in a fit of musical cynicism []
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Bad News

“Bad news travels fast.” (American, British) “Bad news goes about in clogs, good news in stockinged feet.” (Welsh) “The news of a good deed travels far, but the news of a bad one travels even farther.” (Polish) “Bad news proceeds by wings, good news hardly walks.” (Hungarian) “No news is good news.” (French, Italian, English, []
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Faith

I’ve been discussing with a friend the different understandings of faith.  Some people claim a very personal, life-changing experience of God’s love.  They hear stories of the 99 sheep, the lost coin, the prodigal son, and they say, “Wow, isn’t this amazing.  God loves ME that much!” They hear verses like Jeremiah 29:11 or John []
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Psalm 139

One of my favourite Bible passages is Psalm 139.  It was the first one I ever memorised, and the only one that I can still remember verbatim to this day. When we were first told many years ago that we would have to memorise it for a youth retreat, I remember the collective groan we []
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