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Non-Repeating Pattern

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That’s sounds like a contradiction of terms. If it is non-repeating, then how can a pattern be discerned? Let me show you. In Genesis 17:6, when over a million Israelites, at the beginning of the exodus, had no water to drink, God told Moses to strike the rock. In Numbers 20:8, towards the end of […]

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A Cracked Screen On Your Phone

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I don’t know how many perfectionists are out there but, if it is a disease, I am afflicted. I can have my car detailed, have the paint polished to a clay-bar finish, and the interior spotless, but my eye will go straight to the door ding I got in the grocery store parking lot. And […]

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Lessons From An Old Juniper

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A friend and I mounted a couple of 20-year-old BMW motorcycles on vacation last week, and headed out of Phoenix, through Wickenburg, to Prescott. About 20 miles out of Prescott, at about 6,000 ft in elevation, we pulled off the twisty mountain pass and headed down a dirt trail until we couldn’t ride any further […]

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Half the Story

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Generationally, I sit in a curious place. I look back to my father’s generation and remember how they wrestled with matters of holiness. They took the subject seriously and for the most part wanted to please the Lord, but often ended up at the wrong conclusions. As a kid, growing up in our home in […]

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I’ve Had Enough

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A few weeks ago I stood on the ruins of Beersheba, in Israel, from which point you have an unobstructed view south, deep into the Sinai desert. I imagined a discouraged Elijah standing right there, after running with his servant for over 100 miles from Jezreel, with Jezebel’s signed death warrant fresh in his hand. The […]

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Monkey and Gourds

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Even though our church was experiencing many of the elements of historical revival during my teen years, my father would make time every week for the two of us to play golf. Golf can be a little different when played in Africa. About 15 miles south of Durban was a country club in a little […]

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Everything Going Great, Until…

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Everything was going great, until… The anointing of Solomon to succeed his father on Israel’s throne was a miracle of grace to begin with. The expected and correct choice would have been David’s eldest surviving son, Adonijah. That’s what Adonijah thought also. But God had other plans and chose Solomon to reign on the throne […]

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Speak to Them… But Don’t Be Surprised If No One Listens

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I am afraid that the instant gratification of social media posts is reducing too many preachers of our day to a servile relationship with an invisible audience of likes and “hearts.” It is increasingly obvious that many of the prominent pulpits are assiduously avoiding Biblical topics that might offend. There can be no other explanation […]

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What is Revival?

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Used to be that the subject of revival drew little interest in the nation. It was thought by most to be irrelevant, given the current popularity of a more subdued, rational approach to the Christian faith. A few ridiculed the notion, based on the unfortunate excesses that have attended most of the history of true […]