The Stewardship Mind “His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:23) It is time to think about stewardship again. As we have a new year, let…

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“Fill My House” Then the master said to the slave, “Go out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those who were invited will taste my dinner.” (Luke 14:23-24) Is it the fourth year since my appointed to…

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A Letter from the Wilderness “I will take my children into the wilderness, and there I will speak tenderly to them. I will restore their fruitfulness and turn their valley of trouble into a door of hope. (Hosea 2:14-15a) Typically I have two days off a week, Mondays and Saturdays. However, I wasn’t able to…

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A Remnant by God’s Grace I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means!  I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah and how he pleads…

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“Do No Harm!”             “For you were called to freedom, brothers, and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” If, however, you bite and…

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“You are Never too Late!”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”  (Luke 23:42-43)   There was an earnest prayer of a mother, who would love to know about God, however, never had any…

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“Nevertheless, Thanks be to God!” “If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, and we will not worship…

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“Giving it Up is Not Giving it Up.”   “No one can serve two masters, for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Matthew 6:24) A few months ago, I had considerable trouble because of…

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Are You Lonely? 4 even though I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh. If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the…

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 The Wounded Healer 25 So the other disciples told him [Thomas], “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nail in his hands and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.” 27 Then he…

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