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Minus the Manifest Presence of God

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One of my favorite places to go, when I visit Israel, is Shiloh. It’s where the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant rested for the first 360 years of Israel’s occupation of the Promised Land. The Ark of the Covenant has enormous historical significance. Archaeologists and theologians alike have been looking for it and […]

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Warning to Worship Leaders Everywhere

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When I was growing up in South Africa in the 1960’s most worship service planners called everything before the sermon, “preliminaries.” That word conveyed what everyone was thinking in those days… that the main attraction in the worship service was the sermon and everything else simply a warm-up to the main feature. Somewhere between the […]

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Can God Work Without You?

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Well, the answer is a resounding yes! He can! God can do whatever He wants whenever He wants. He doesn’t need us or any thing to complete His being or His doing. So, then, exactly what is the nature of the partnership we have been called into with God ever since creation in the accomplishment […]

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Wanna Be My Friend

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Nine to three-fifty is a long time for a kindergartner to be in school! It’s a dumb idea, especially when every cell in a five year old is screaming, “move… play… have fun!” My five-year-old granddaughter is doing great in kindergarten, but having a hard time with the long hours and separation from her mom […]

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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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Why A People?

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From the moment God called Abram to follow Him, out of the desert of Haran to the land of promise, God’s intention was to have for himself a people. Specifically, God told Abram, “I will make of you a great nation…” Why? Why did God want a people? From the moment God rescued the Israelites […]