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A devotional thought for the week

Do you want to leave also?

I have been giving much thought the last few weeks to chapter 6 of the Gospel of John and its relevance to pastoral ministry. That chapter contains an account of Jesus feeding 5000 people, His miraculous walk on the water in the middle of a storm, the strongest...

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Do You Want to Be Healed?

As recorded in the gospel of John, chapter 5, Jesus once asked a longtime invalid if he wanted to get well. Initially, this seems like a silly question. Of course a crippled man would want to walk – right?  Well, maybe not. Being lame meant being taken care of by...

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Life is about choices

Life is about choices. Every day, moment by moment, we are faced with choices; and what we decide in those moments makes all the difference. In fact, God labels those choices as “life and death,” then encourages us to “choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19) We live in a...

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If Jesus was your pastor…

"If Jesus were the pastor of a local church, not many of us would attend after our first visit."  This short quote from Francis Chan can spur all kinds of responses and reactions, ranging from “Why?” to “Ah-ha!”  Let me expand on the thought a bit...

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God or No God?

Someone wrote a while ago to ask for some input about a situation he has encountered. A childhood friend has a less than enjoyable marriage and has opted to compensate with an adulterous relationship. The person who wrote may have one opportunity to sit with his...

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But I need you to behave!

My heart aches today. I just got an email from a man whose marriage is crumbling and very likely to dissolve. He made some big mistakes; she is choosing not to forgive. They have hurt each other deeply and each are demanding that the other person do “things” because...

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