Driven into the Wilderness

As we trek through the metaphorical wilderness of Lent, I am reminded that Jesus spent time in a real wilderness. Mark 1:12-15 reports that after Jesus was baptized, “…immediately the Spirit impelled Him (Jesus) to go out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted...

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Three Bible Verses for Ash Wednesday

No one really knows the exact origins of Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.  A ritual for the “Day of Ashes” is contained in an 8th-century church document, but we know the influences for this solemn observance stretch all the way back to Old Testament times. Here are three...

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What’s Your Life Verse?

Not too long ago, I attended a men’s weekend retreat. One of the leaders mentioned that, years earlier, he had chosen a “life verse” from the Bible that he memorized and lived by. He urged us to choose a life verse, as well. I thought about that for a week....

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Should the Church be Relevant?

My wife recently sent me an article on why millienials are not involved in church. It seems that every day, I read another thought on why the church isn’t relevant to a new generation and what we should do about it (I seem to recall reading similar articles in the 80s about...

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Four Bible Verses About Love

  Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year that we focus on romantic love, but God speaks of love 24/7. Here are four Bible verses on the nature and practice of love: “Love is patient, love is kind” (I Corinthians 13:4). Widely read at weddings, this famous verse (indeed the...

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