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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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The Language of Ministry and Calling: Jeremiah

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When you speak of your ministry or calling, is your language positive and life-giving or is it the overflow of a profound woundedness and insecurity? Do your words reflect a fire burning in your heart for the people to whom God has called you? While, in the moment, it may seem like nothing more than […]

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The Language of Ministry and Calling: Moses

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The well-worn story goes something like this: Over morning coffee a man looks at his wife and states emphatically: “I don’t care if it’s Sunday morning, I’m not going back to that church. It’s a waste of time. No one likes me at that church. Frankly, I don’t like them either. And….” About that point […]

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Threats to Take You Out

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I’m not sure who said, “The more things change the more they stay the same.” But that couldn’t be more true when it comes to the enemy’s strategy to take you out. The setting in 2 Kings 18 is the reign of King Hezekiah on the throne of David in Jerusalem. A good king. A […]

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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 […]