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The Magnificat: Mary’s Praise of the Lord

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One of the scripture readings for today in the daily lectionary is Luke 1.46-55. This pericope is known as The Magnificat. (Magnificat is an utterance of praise. The idea is to magnify, which is in the first phrase of Mary’s canticle.) Read the rest of this entry »


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When All Else Fails . . . Run for the Hills!


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I recently began a winter bible study at my local church. Last year, I led them through the letter of Colossians. This year the suggested book was Deuteronomy. Yes, I know, I know, when many here the D word they either find a flimsy excuse to exit stage right or they suddenly contract some sort of ancient fainting disease, which exhibits long blank stares, drooling at the corners of the mouth, shortly before causing a violent (and reportedly uncontrollable) plop of the head down to the nearest flat surface. Inevitably, snoring ensues and the culprit (eh, victim?) finds a nice, long rested sleep.

Well, Deuteronomy isn’t all that bad, right? I mean, if you can learn to spell it that’s half the battle! Read the rest of this entry »


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N-O: NO! (What is Your Nineveh?)


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A couple of days ago, I posted about the first chapter of Jonah. You can find that post HERE.

I gave a devotional at a church training seminar yesterday on the topic (thanks for the inspiration Bro. Jeff!).

I took a bit of a different angle to it. While in Atlanta, I saw and bought a “No” Button. It is a simple device. It is a big round button that has the word NO written in white letters and when you press the button, shock shock!, it says NO! Read the rest of this entry »


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A One-Way Ticket to Tarshish, a.k.a Trouble!


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Yesterday (Sunday), my family had the opportunity of going back to our former home church. I wrote about the place we once lived in the previous post.

We were there for the commissioning service of a couple who are friends of ours. They have been called by God to go to Brazil as missionaries. Their commissioning service was last night and it was a joy for us to be there for that moment. My wife actually sang as part of the service. It is funny, no one ever asks me to sing! Read the rest of this entry »


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Bartering and the Prophet Amos


If the world worked on a barter system, how would you fare? Would you have services to barter? Would you be successful, or would you struggle?

Bartering, while not as prominent as it once was in human history, is still alive and well today.  I have, on more than one occasion, bartered a skill for someone else’s skill.  Basically the dynamic is straightforward.  Person A barters her skill of plumbing, while Person B barters his skill of auto repair.   Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on July 8, 2013 in Daily Prompt, Discipleship and Confession


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The Problem with Jesus


Jesus.  Not exactly a neutral name.  I mean think about.  Let’s take a quick quiz: How many people can say they had such influence, such force they divided the historical timeline?  Cue the Jeopardy music . . . oh, but I should have posed the question in the form of an answer and then you would pose your answer in the form of a question and then Alec would say . . . oh, forget it, I never cared much for Jeopardy! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in Discipleship and Confession


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