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Christmas and the Miracle of Intimacy with God

Even during this season I'm not sure all we who call ourselves Christ-followers give much thought to the profoundevent that we are about to celebrate, the miracle that exists at the very center of our faith. The Advent on earth of the Universal God in human form is a mystery both blessed and sublime. We are all missing out spiritually if we do not take time now, or at any ...

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This Season of Preparation

A voice of one calling: "In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken." ...

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Submission to Authorities: The "Dancing Seniors" Incident

Chris's message this week on the biblical call to submit to the authorities God has put (or at least allowed to be) over us brought to my mind a memory from 25 years ago. At the time I was a senior at our denomination's college in Nyack, New York. That year I had been privileged to have the responsibility of being managing editor of The Forum, the student newspaper. It wa...

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Yes, Thanksgiving is a “Religious Holiday”

Doubtless, we have all heard the commonly accepted secular take on Thanksgiving. The general terminology dictates that Thanksgiving is not actually a religious holiday but, rather, an American holiday. While the second part of that is certainly true Thanksgiving commemorates an event from early American history the first part of that adage is not particularly accurate. ...

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Grace In the Gray Areas

Some believers seem to hate ambiguity of any kind, especially as it relates to God. The idea that there are areas of mystery in knowing and relating to Him is intolerable for many. All too often the fear that results from coming face to face with this mystery drive them to attempt to find in the Word of God a clear cut answer to every question. The problem is that our Lord...

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“Slavery”, Love and True Freedom

To be a slave to love is not to be a slave at all because there is no slavery in true love. When we are possessed by it we are, paradoxically, set free. This truth is important to remember when we read in the Scriptures about being slaves or "bond-servants" (Doulos in the Greek) to Christ. It is only love that compels us to give ourselves totally to Him, and in the giving ...

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Dreams Lost, Dreams Redeemed

Good messages often contain something that remains with the listener well after that message ends. This was true for me with a recent sermon in our "Power and Authority of a Submissive Heart" series. Near the end of the message Pastor Chris said something that struck a deep chord of personal meaning in me. To paraphrase him he said that sometimes we must die to our dreams ...

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