He’s Here!

A character deeply involved in the Christmas narrative, yet never makes the trek to Bethlehem, is a cousin of the Messiah.  We know him as John the Baptist.  While he was not among the company gathered at the feed trough that amazing night, he is, nonetheless, a vital part of the Christmas narrative. Some months prior to the birth of…

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Does Anybody Know?

“Does anyone even know we are here?”  That’s a tough question we, the church, from time to time, should be asking ourselves.  I picked up on an idea many years ago while working for Larry J Timmerman, at that time Administrative Bishop of the Church of God in Alabama.  Larry would, on occasion, stop a short distance from an appointment…

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Paul makes an amazing statement to the Ephesian church.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).  He does not tell us God conjures up blessings on an as-needed basis, but that these blessings have already been provided.  These blessings are…

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Which Side Are You On?

There is something about Jesus which both incites and invites friction.  From the beginning of His sojourn on earth, His presence created situations which proved uncomfortable in the lives of those orbiting His life. For instance, His mother Mary was forced to deal with the uncomfortable story of her rather unusual pregnancy.  Remember, she lived in an era and culture…

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