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Christmas: The Original Fairy Tale

An American missionary family was living in a big city in Siberia. The children attended public schools, and every day mom and dad planned for dropping off and picking up the kids. They had no vehicle so they used public … Continue reading

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Precepts: The Unlikely Path to Joy

Answer: God’s precepts! Question: Where does joy come from? The most beautiful song in the psalter affirms that The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart, Psalm 19:8a. The Hebrew word translated “precepts” is פִּקּוּדִים (piq•qû•ḏîm): precepts, directions, regulation, i.e., … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Reflections: Sehnsucht (Part 2 of 2)

So, what prevents us from pursuing and finding this great Joy? The apostle Paul provides a clue when he writes about what theologians call general revelation. In his letter to the Christians in Rome he says (Romans 1: 18- 25, … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Reflections: Sehnsucht (Part 1 of 2)

It was Saint Augustine of Hippo who prayed: “O Lord, thou hast made us for thyself, and our hearts are restless until we rest in Thee.” [1] How often has this been the cry of my heart! That prayer has … Continue reading

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Music that Writes Culture, Part 6

How are we to respond to this good news?  The answer is found in the second line of the stanza:  ”Let men their songs employ!”  What does this mean? To employ is “to use as an instrument of means” (Noah … Continue reading

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