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OX CARTS OR SHOULDERS

The wheel was first introduced in human history around 3500 BC by potters, but likely not used for transportation until 3000 BC. So, by Moses' day and the exodus (1440 BC), it would have been fairly common to see crude wooden wagons, pulled by oxen, carrying things too heavy to move by hand. In Moses' day, wagons ...

SIN CONTROL

When our girls were in elementary school, and a grey Northwest winter was getting the better of us, we would all go to the Family Fun Center, here in Edmonds, to play games and ride go-karts. Besides "Frogger," my favorite game was the Fun Center's version of "Whack-a-Mole." I know, I am really dating ...

When God Doesn’t Seem to Answer Prayer

I was in Phoenix for a few days last week with my adult daughter, Kathryn, when her back went out on her. I mean, out! On the floor, unable to move, roll over or sit up. After an hour of ice packs and ibuprofen, she was only able to slide towards the couch and get into a kneeling position but froze there in ...

Missing in Action

I know I've read it dozens of times, but for some reason it didn't hit me until this morning. Moses sent his wife, Zipporah, and their two sons back to her father's house in Midian before the exodus from Egypt. Are you serious? Now, I'm sure he justified that decision; one of those reasons might have been: 1. ...

King/Snohomish County Pastors’ Prayer Gathering Feb. 2, 2017

I am confident that God is bringing revival to the Church of Jesus in the Northwest, and that revival must begin with us as pastors and Christian leaders humbling ourselves and praying. One of the very most important things we as pastors can do for our churches, our community, our state and nation is to spend time in ...

I Am With You

Imagine with me that you are riding a bus...a normal city transit bus. Wait with me at the bus stop. Watch for your bus to arrive. And when it stops climb aboard with me. You look around for a seat, scanning the faces of those who boarded ahead of you. You don’t recognize anyone. You try not to make eye ...

Signs of the Times

When many of us hear the phrase, "signs of the times," our minds are programmed to think of Biblical prophecy and predictions of the identity of the anti-christ, by years of end time sermons. I just ran into that phrase in my readings, in Matthew 16, where Jesus challenged the Pharisees for totally missing the ...