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God With Us
Immanuel. A beautiful name that means "God with us." It's a name that we associate with Christmas, for it's mentioned in Matthew's telling of Jesus' birth. But Immanuel was actually someone who lived a long time before Jesus.... (read more)

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Baby Jesus Grew Up... and then He Died
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The Choirboys Led the Charge
The special troops that the king sent out were singers! These men marched at the front of the army, singing and praising God. They celebrated the victory that God had promised, even before it happened.... (read more)

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Walk This Way
There are excuses and objections to overcome if you want to follow Jesus. But we walk on with purpose.... (read more)
Be Strong and Courageous
He had been the apprentice, assistant, the adjunct for years. Now it was time for him to be the leader of the raucous, nomadic, and hard headed group of under achievers. Now he was responsible…for everything. Whatever he decided would affect the lives o... (read more)
Be Careful Where You Build
If you're going to spend over $650,000 building a new house, there's one important thing to do before you begin: make sure you are building in the right place.... (read more)
Have You Stopped Believing in God?
But I do believe he loves us, does what is best, and is preparing us for a better life that never ends. ... (read more)
Choose This Day
"Choose this day…" Joshua, the leader of God's people, was addressing his countrymen. They had conquered the land that God had promised to give them and were ready to settle in their new homes. Now Joshua calls on them to make a choice.... (read more)
Of Course You Will Die
Because we believe in Jesus, we too will live again.... (read more)
The Family Resemblance
I have an interesting family heritage. My Dad's family lived in New York City and on "the Island". I have ancestors who fought in the Civil War, some on the Union side, some on the Confederate side. Between my sophomore and Junior years in high school, I ... (read more)
Give Me this Hill Country
My friend Juan Monroy doesn't like to talk about age. "Man is not chronology," he says. "Man is biology. Age is just a number."... (read more)
You Get to Have Your Own Name
Nicknames are special names, names for people who are loved and belong, names given from people who love you. ... (read more)
The God Who Goes Before
It was about 3:00 in the morning on a windy, rainy night. I was standing in front of our language institute in Córdoba, Argentina. A middle-of-the-night phone call had yanked me out of bed; now I was in the company of two police officers, looking at the o... (read more)
Good People Need Jesus Too
But you are not heaven material. No one is that good. Except God. And his Son Jesus.... (read more)
Jonah and Nineveh
His story is recorded in Hebrew, Christian and Islamic literature. All three religions consider him a prophet of God Almighty. He is remembered for the fish story more than his persuasiveness to the citizens of a city.... (read more)
If You Can’t Trust a Panda
It was going to be a big moment: the first live broadcast of a giant panda giving birth. These popular animals, considered an endangered species, have a very low birth rate in the wild; this makes captive breeding programs extremely important. The broadca... (read more)
Jesus Knows Me, This I Love
He knows the good… and he knows the bad. And he loves us anyway.... (read more)
Touching Jesus
The woman wanted to be healed as well. She had heard of Jesus and the miracles he had done. She knew that no holy man would touch her on purpose… they wouldn't want to defile themselves in that way. She would have to find a way to be healed in secret. ... (read more)
Hooker to Hero
You may believe — or deep down want to believe — that the things you have heard about God and Jesus are true.... (read more)
Christian Graces
Two nurses pushed and steered the bed as we walked from one part of the hospital to another. The final destination was the Hospice floor and everyone in the slow moving procession knew what that meant; time was short. Her husband of 64 years, their only c... (read more)
A Place of Rest
Now a group of people gathered outside the house. Among them was Cleland McAfee, uncle of the dead girls, brother to the grieving father. A Presbyterian minister and hymn writer, McAfee brought comfort in the best way he knew how: comfort in song. He had ... (read more)
It Is Not Too Late
Becoming a Christian late in life will make a statement to your family about what matters.... (read more)
Sinners and Holy People
The Jews saw tax collectors as collaborators, for these men worked with the Roman occupiers of the Jewish homeland. In addition, the tax system left plenty of room for corruption, and tax collectors had earned a reputation for dishonesty.... (read more)
Lost and Found
He pointed out how happy everyone is when the lost thing is found. ... (read more)
A Fan
I am a baseball fan, and in spite of living in Texas Rangers country, I root for the New York Yankees. But to be honest, my Yankees were the teams from 1958-1964. The names of Howard, Berra, Ford, Mantle, Maris, Stengal, and Kubek remind me of my "wonder ... (read more)
Fences
When they are in the middle of a chase, the dogs become frustrated when they find a fence between them and their target. If the ground is soft enough, they quickly burrow under the obstacle and continue the chase.... (read more)
I Preached My Dad's Funeral
Because of that faith, I am confident I will see my Dad again. And I cannot imagine how I would have faced his funeral without that confidence.... (read more)
The Night I Was Argentine
The World Cup wasn’t part of my life growing up. I loved sports, even though I wasn’t particularly athletic. I watched football, basketball, hockey, golf, bowling. But not soccer. In the southern United States in the 1960s and 1970s, soccer was not a par... (read more)
Do You Want to Live Longer and Be Happier?
...becoming a Christian is not about what makes you happy or helps you live longer. ... (read more)
Heaven and Hell
God wants all of His people to be with Him forever. He's planned on that from the beginning and even prepared a place far more beautiful than any imaginative conjuring we could create.... (read more)
Discovering Jesus
When the promised Messiah arrived, the Pharisees rejected him and plotted to have him killed, despite having spent their entire lives reading about his coming. Why? He wasn't what they expected him to be.... (read more)
Alzheimer's and Jesus
I also cling to the fact that someday I will be able to know my Dad again.... (read more)
Faith and Faithfulness
Faith isn't intellectual assent. It isn't the acceptance of the truth of certain ideas. Faith involves devotion, loyalty, and obedience. A man who has faith in God plans to do whatever God asks of him.... (read more)
The Truth about Hypocrites at Church
We do mean what we say about Jesus. We are trying to live up to our profession of faith. But we are not perfect.... (read more)
A Lot of Telling to Do
I believe that each individual Christian has the duty, obligation, responsibility to tell their friends about Jesus. While some, maybe most, will not listen for long, we owe it to them and to Jesus to speak. For we have a lot of telling to do.... (read more)
The Substitute
In Genesis 22, we find the story of Abraham being told to offer his son Isaac on Mt. Moriah. We can only imagine his agony as he takes his son "Isaac, whom you love" on that three-day death march. Could he look him in the eye? Could he sleep at night? As ... (read more)
How Can I Find Out More About Jesus?
The book of Luke in the New Testament is the story of life of Jesus. Then read the book of Acts. It is the story of the early followers of Jesus.... (read more)
Contentment
"I'm afraid of what might happen to the church if abundance comes to the island." That's how one of my Christian friends in Cuba described his country's situation. People in Cuba are going through a time of hardship, with the weight of international dispu... (read more)
God Is Watching You... and That Is a Good Thing
Some see the God who is loving, proud, supportive, and welcoming even when we fail… maybe especially when we fail. ... (read more)
No God Could Forgive Me!
"You can't understand. I've done things to my family, to strangers, to myself," the words were said almost defiantly and his eyes looked straight into mine. Then he lowered his gaze to his hands and almost whispered, "I'm bad and no god could forgive me!"... (read more)
Trash or Treasure?
In an art gallery in Italy, an employee of a cleaning firm discarded random bits of newspaper, cardboard, and cookies, not realizing that it was a display of contemporary art. The display was valued at 10,000 euros (over $13,000), but lost all value when ... (read more)
I May Know Why You Are Reading This
I believe God still works to connect believers with those seeking answers.... (read more)
Can I Be Forgiven?
A few months before his death, Mikhail Kalashnikov wrote a letter to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Kalashnikov wanted to know if he was responsible for all of the deaths caused by his greatest invention, the AK-47 assault rifle.... (read more)
Old Clothes and New Life
You live so long with guilt and shame that feeling useless and worthless seems normal, even comfortable. ... (read more)
Been Thinkin’ About Heaven
I've been thinkin' about Heaven, a lot, lately. And I've decided that I don't care what it looks like, or if we have to wait a 1000 years, or if everything I know will be made new. Heaven is where God and Jesus are and that's where I want to be.... (read more)
When Your Hero Falls
His name was Uzziah, and we read his story in the Bible, in the book of 2 Chronicles, chapter 26. We can read that he was a religious man, trying to do what God wanted. Because of that, God blessed the king with great success, militarily and economicall... (read more)
Time to Throw Away the Old Calendar
Healing and forgiveness for past, purpose for you present, hope for your future. ... (read more)
Forgiveness
Nelson Mandela took a bit of proverbial wisdom and made it his: "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." Others had said it before him, but Mandela lived it out in a public way, showing nothing but forgiveness toward... (read more)
Tattletales, the Devil, and You
God tells Satan that he has snatched this man out of the fire. God reminds this priest that he has taken away his sins.... (read more)
The NEW of New Years
Everything is NEW in a new year. There is a sense of optimism that old mistakes will be forgotten and new opportunities will result in positive progress in life's journey forward.... (read more)


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