Easter's Coming

April 12 will be here before we know it. But maybe Easter eggs, crosses with white cloths draped over them, Easter brunch, and singing, “I Know that My Redeemer Lives,” are the furthest thing from your mind right now. After all, we’re not really experiencing the typical beginning-of-spring routine.

It’s interesting that the COVID-19 pandemic is happening during the season at church we call Lent. Lent means spring, and it’s the time when the church zeros in on Jesus’ suffering, death, and perfect victory ...

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Outrage

Have you seen some lately? In front of empty grocery shelves. On the senate floor. In view of volatile markets. From kids who are way too cooped up at home. Plenty of outrage. It makes you think of God confronting Jonah and saying, “Is it right for you to be angry?” If anyone has a…

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Opportunities

How do you make the most of the COVID-19 situation? One way is to look for opportunities. You know the devil is. He’s jumping on every opportunity right now to instill fear and make people doubt God’s love and protection. He sees a great opportunity to isolate others from God’s Word and from Christian encouragement….

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Ready

Have you found it tough to talk to people about spiritual things? It seems that people are often just not ready to discuss what’s most important. They’re already feeling pretty blessed without God in their life, so they don’t want to be bothered by talk of Jesus and things like repentance. Do you think people…

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Reaching while distancing

Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit…

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Who’s in Charge Here?

In the theme song for the TV show, Monk, Randy Newman sings about the chaos of our world. At one point he shouts, “Hey! Who’s in charge here?” Have you been wondering that lately? Things are changing so fast. Statistics and reports conflict. Some leaders say this, some say that. And in the end, people…

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Daffodils

It was pretty dreary in the valley this morning. Dark and cloudy. And yet, the daffodils are blooming in the flower beds outside. They didn’t wait for us to ask or even be aware, they just started blooming. There are some things outside of us that happen no matter what. And it’s kind of nice…

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