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A Time for Truth and a Time for Love

John 3:16 is the most beloved of all scriptures. John writes, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” These powerful words tell us all we need to know of God’s love. He didn’t send Jesus to…
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You Asked for It: The Torah vs. The Bible

“What’s the difference between the Torah and the Bible?” The Torah can have a range of meanings, but it is most widely understood as the law of God that was revealed to Moses. It is recorded in the first five books of the Hebrew scriptures, also known as the Pentateuch. The definition of the word…
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You Asked for It: If God Knows All, Why Does Prayer Matter?

“If God knows all, why does prayer matter?” Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 Let me be honest with you right from the start. My prayer life has a tendency to ebb and flow.…
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You Asked for It: Scandal in the Bible

“How do we know that the events in the Bible are true?” The Bible is a scandalous book. Far too often we try to sanitize the scriptures to the point that we can lose its biting edge. We try to domesticate a story that was meant to offend, confront, and challenge us out of our…
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You Asked For It: The Great I Am

Why is Jesus Called “The Great I Am?” That’s a good question with an answer that is important to the understanding of who God truly is, and how the Christian faith understands who He is throughout the New and Old Testament. Although there is not space here to do an exhaustive study of “The Great…
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You Asked for It: What Happens When We Die?

“What happens when we die and how does that relate to our eternity with Jesus?” There’s an old bluegrass song, “Lord build me just a cabin in the corner of gloryland. In the shade of his tree of life that it may ever stand.” Another song with which you may be more familiar, “I’m satisfied…
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Camp WinShape 2018

The date will forever be etched in my memory: June 28, 2017. On that date, my son’s counselor, Caroline, eagerly pulled me aside at camper pick-up to share with me that my son had “something really special to share with me.” In his sweet, six-year-old way, he tried to explain that at camp that day,…
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You Asked For It: When Adult Children Stray from Faith

“What do we do when adult children stray from the faith?” As the father of an 11-year-old boy, how my son is going to respond to the Christian faith in his adulthood is something that I think about and pray over constantly. There are at least two great men who serve as mentors to me…
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