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Mobs and Protests

But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. 2 Chronicles 16:16 When Uzziah became powerful, he became proud and that pride led to his horrible downfall. He was afflicted by the Lord with leprosy for the rest of his life. Uzziah had begun to think that his power gave him the right to make up his own rules. There is little difference between what happened to Uzziah an...

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Gazing on the Face of God: Just

[Preface: Gazing on the Face of God] But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you… Acts 3:14 Previously, we contemplated that God is Judge. Because He is both Creator and Holy, He has the right and responsibility to His own nature to judge rebellious acts that are contrary to His divine character and purposes. When He acts in this capa...

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The Most Beautiful Hula Dance Ever

[this is being re-posted from my old, lost, hacked website; originally posted April 20, 2007] My Dad lives in an apartment in an assisted living community. Between my wife and I, we try to visit him at least once a day. Yesterday, I went over a little earlier than usual and he wasn’t home. Searching around, I found him in the dining room, enjoying one of the weekly “music fests&r...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#40) It Would Have Changed Everything

This is the final piece in our “40 days” of pondering the resurrection and its implications. We have covered a lot of ground and I pray that you have found something of benefit. More importantly, that God might have done something in your heart and mind—maybe prodding you, or even provoking you, or possibly just solidifying the criticality of the resurrection in your daily tho...

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When Infants Invade Adult Bodies

On Election Day, at lunchtime, I was at a park in Colorado Springs. On one corner of the park sits one of our big high schools. It was a nice day (normal for the Springs) and the students filled the park, several making out lying on the grass. On the opposite corner stood a young man, conservatively dressed, holding an American flag and a Trump sign. He had a radio on the ground, not very loud,...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#35) He Will Judge the World

My guess is that few would connect the resurrection of Jesus with the judgment of the world. I wouldn’t have either, prior to this study. But, Paul, while preaching to the Athenians on Mars Hill, clearly does so. In fact, he says that the resurrection of Jesus is the proof that God will judge the world: Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people ...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#33) We Will Be Together Again

Because of the resurrection of Jesus, one of the great hopes we have is that we will one day be reunited with our loved ones who have died in Christ: husbands, wives, sons, daughters, family and friends. Ravi Zacharias left us just a week ago, but we will be with him again. My father passed away a number of years ago and I still miss him, but he and I will one day laugh together once more. I...

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If Jesus Rose from the Dead, then (#34) He Is Interceding for Us

It is probably true that we do not spend much time pondering the reality that Jesus intercedes for us with the Father. And, I suspect, we seldom, if ever, connect that intercession with the resurrection. However, the Holy Spirit, through Paul, makes that link: Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died&...

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Healer: Yahweh-Rapha

When we are sick, there is nothing we want more than to be restored to health. I can think of several times in my life when I was so sick (Lima, Peru and Cairo, Egypt) that I ashamedly admit I thought it would be better to die. That’s how “bad sick” it was. I can remember lying out in a field during pilot training after a bad parachute landing with my shoulder way out of joint...

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The True State of Our Union

Our President will offer, on Tuesday, his State of the Union address. However, it will most likely not be a true state of our nation, but rather another political posturing speech, just like we have heard for years, from both Republicans and Democrats. This is unfortunate, for our nation needs a true, honest assessment of where we are as a culture. It is in that spirit I offer my humble perspec...

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