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  • When Losing Ground Is a Blessing

     “Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?  Sometimes the poor are more likely to embrace the offers of the gospel than the rich, because they do […]

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  • The Crossing In Traverse City

    For about 9 years now, I have taken my youth group to JPUSA, a community of Christians in Uptown Chicago dedicated to sharing the love of Christ in both word and deed. I never leave there the same as I showed up. I have been challenged and encouraged by their dedication to embody the presence […]

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  • Theologies of Poverty and Prosperity

    “Every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to use it, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.” – Solomon, in Ecclesiastes 5:19 There is a great conversation in “Fiddler on the Roof” where Perchik is talking with […]

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  • Sickness and Faith

    “If you are sick (in trouble), pray.  If you are good (happy), sing songs of praise.”  Sickness here is from the Greek, Astheneo, which means to be feeble, sick or week. We see this exact word used other places in the New Testament, which helps us see what the result of this kind of prayer.    Sometimes, an […]

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  • Always Mardi Gras and Never Easter

    From a much longer, thought-provoking article that is worth reading as we head toward Easter:  The Mardi Gras of Protestantism didn’t celebrate the day on just a yearly calendar, though, but, much more importantly, on the calendar of a lifespan. The typical cycle went something like this. You were born, and reared up in Sunday […]

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  • Money and Worship

    “It is not persecution of the church in China that I fear. The church has always been able to weather persecution. My fear is love of money in the church.”  – anonymous Chinese pastor    “Your checkbook is a theological statement.“ – Billy Graham The Occupy movement is getting a lot of press right now. […]

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     But whoever studies and knows God’s perfect law of liberty that brings true freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard and seen about themselves, but actually changing because of it—they will be blessed as a result of their honesty and obedience.  Real faith, the kind that honors God, expresses itself: it reaches […]

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  • I Can See The Moon

    My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon. — Japanese poet Masahide The advice of James in the first century translates very well into a 21st century offers the same challenges.       “As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. As an example of patience in the […]

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  • Understanding Hope

    From “A Healthy Sense of Doom”:  Paul said about the church in Thessalonica: “They marvel at how expectantly you wait for the arrival of God’s Son, whom He raised from the dead – Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom.”Those most aware of certain doom are most inclined to long for the freedom Christ brings.  Those […]

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  • The Joy of Trials

    James 1:1 “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.”      Two key cultural events that had a “scattering” effect:  Persecutions had begun, and a major famine had hit.  The persecution had scattered the Jewish Christians, and the famine had hit what […]

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