Twin devils: frustration and discouragement

It is not always the big enemies that can take us out in life. Certainly, Goliath is frightening, with his hulking frame and taunting voice, but sometimes the lesser foes can be just as dangerous to our health. We all square off against Goliath in our stories, sometimes more than once. We all have moments […]

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Room for a Blue Christmas

Now that we are deep into the holiday season, you have no doubt heard Elvis Presley crooning about a Blue Christmas more times than you can count. The song has become standard Christmas music fare, and Starbucks has been playing it for over a month now. It’s catchy and sexy, and it is also very […]

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Why isn’t goodness more satisfying?

Stolen water is sweet; bread eaten in secret is delicious! That’s what the ancient proverbs writer said, and it still rings true today. We, humans, love the illicit and the forbidden. Why is this? Why is forbidden fruit so tempting? Why do we crave the things that aren’t healthy for us? Why do we want […]

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Resting from work or working from rest?

How would you describe your time off from work (and by work, I don’t just mean your job, but also all of your personal/family projects and demands)? Do you typically rest from your work or do you work from a place of rest? There is a gigantic difference between the two. It seems to me […]

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Ezekiel’s Muteness

A bizarre, often overlooked element of Ezekiel’s prophetic ministry to the Jewish exiles in Babylon is the fact that God muted him for twelve years. Ezekiel was only allowed to speak when he was uttering an authentic word from God. Ezekiel was taken to Babylon in the first Jewish deportation in 597 B.C., but the […]

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