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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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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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Close Enough to Hear

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I was a young man, but now I am old. I sure felt old the other day, showing off Manhattan to one of our young pastors… like I knew the place. Rita and I did live and minister in the city years ago, but a lot has changed since then. We hit the high spots. […]

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Missing in Action

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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 […]