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Stay or Go

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I am currently being inspired by the accounts of ministers from the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) re: revival and, specifically, the condition of the church immediately right before the Kilsyth revival of 1839. It’s like I am reading the condition of the church in North America right now. Then, in my reading this morning, in […]

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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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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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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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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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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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The Same Battle… Two Opposite Responses

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  I have nothing against consultants. How’s that for an opening statement? The issue I have is with church leadership that finds itself in crisis and, as their first response, calls in a consultant because they don’t know what to do. So, the consultant arrives with their bag of tricks, tools for analysis, underlying philosophies […]

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Rocking the Boat

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My adult daughters and sons-in-law do their best to keep my social media posts positive, but there are times, when I see the City of God being deceived, that I cannot be silent. One of my readings this morning was 1 Samuel 28, where Samuel was dead, and Saul, facing a formidable Philistine army at […]

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God Using Scoundrels

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If you have lived for any length of time, you have come across situations where God appears to be using, even blessing, people in ministry that we wouldn’t use. I don’t mean when God uses broken people. We all fall into that category. I mean scoundrels. Most of us have lived through the exposure of […]