Hope for a New Generation

Before Hezekiah’s reign, his father, Ahaz, had introduced pagan practices, indeed, he had proliferated them. They were a part of his national policy strategy. Suddenly, the people of God were out and pagans were in; the good folks were bad, and bad folks were in charge. Godliness was taboo, too narrow, too confining, too old-fashioned,…

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An Island of Joy

North Platte, Nebraska is a relatively sleepy little mid-western town with a population of only some 20,000. It sits just north of I-80. It isn’t Lincoln or Omaha. Few today would know its significance. In the days before the interstate, North Platte was big. It was a railroad town. During WWII, it seemed that half…

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Principles of Joy – Part 3

Joy – the Sound that Jesus is King. Joy results from the happy news that Jesus is alive (Acts 2:14-15, 25-28). Our King, though now reigning in exile, still exerts influence on events on the earth. He maintains a presence here in the earth through the office of the invisible Holy Ghost. And He communicates…

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Principles of Joy – Part 2

Joy – The Sound the Evil One Hates. The Evil One hates noisy, happy, genuine Christians! He does not want to see our gratitude expressed to God – either as an individual or a family, as a nation or community, that offers thanks to God for all He has done. Satan does not want to…

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Principles of Joy – Part 1

As we approach the Christmas season, over the next several weeks we will walk through several principles to practice joy. Joy – A Fire. “Joy,” Helen Keller would say, “is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.” Paul urged, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).…

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A Place of Rest

Prayer should be passionate. And prayer should be the essence of peace and rest. God created the earth and all in it in six days – and then He rested. The crowning end of creation was rest. The last creature created on the sixth day was man, so the first full day for Adam and…

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Blindly Blessed

In the USA, we have it so good that when the smallest thing goes bad, we catastrophize. We have conquered raging rivers with our elaborate dam systems, and wiped out life threatening childhood diseases. We moved from the horse and buggy as the principle means of transportation to manned missions to the moon and back.…

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Helpful Prayer Tips

Develop a Plan. Don’t be overwhelmed. Start slow. Keep things simple at the beginning. Most people get discouraged in prayer because their prayer time has no or little structure. Without a plan, you drift. Pray without ceasing. Praying in the morning in a less than casual way is a doorway to living in an attitude…

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Making Sense of Tragedy

When tragedy occurs, our minds spin and questions arise like combatants – resisting the initial news. Who? What? When? Where? With every layer we are relieved or more emotionally embroiled. Who? – “Well it wasn’t my child.” When? – “Couldn’t have been!” Slowly the pixels of information form a picture in our mind which informs…

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