A strange melancholy

Have you ever felt a strange melancholy in your soul when things around you were good and your favorable circumstances did not seem to warrant that emotion? Alexis De Tocqueville, the French political scientist and cultural analyst who lived shortly after the American Revolutionary War, said that there is a “strange melancholy” that can sometimes […]

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Slapped silly

A strange new sporting phenomenon has arisen in recent years wherein two opposing men square off across a table to engage in open-handed slap competitions. They take turns slapping each another in the face until one either yields or gets knocked out. It is a bizarre, unsettling sport to watch, but it can speak to […]

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3 1/2 years earlier

When Jesus made His famous Triumphal Entry into the city of Jerusalem at the beginning of His Passion Week, the people shouted a peculiar phrase. They said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee” (Matthew 21:11). The phrase was peculiar because 3 ½ years earlier, people mocked Jesus’ humble, Nazarene roots, and yet […]

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Let go–they’re his!

There is a three-fold reminder in Psalm 100:3 that can anchor our souls and strengthen our hope in the areas of our greatest concern. It says, “Know that the Lord is God. It is He who has made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.” Let those words […]

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the majestic (can you see it?)

At this moment in the early weeks of autumn, how are you doing at having eyes that can see the majestic? If we are not careful life, with its grind, pressure, demands, and busyness, can drain the majestic out of our vision. In Psalm 8:1, King David said, “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your […]

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