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Jesus the Trailblazer

Yesterday, in my sermon, I talked about the imagery of Jesus as pioneer (as found in Hebrews 2:10). And I suggested that maybe a better translation would be Jesus as trailblazer (a trailblazer being defined as “a person who makes a new track through wild country.”) Today, I am curious. Maybe you heard the sermon; […]

What A Morning!

What a morning! I woke up, talked to the kids some as they prepared for their first day of this new school year, and found myself feeling sick to my stomach. When I was finally feeling up to my first work tasks of the morning – I needed to go up to the hospital to […]

God’s Time

God’s time is not one of my favorite concepts. I’m a much bigger fan of my time – Brad’ time. And then, all week, I read from the psalmist: “Be still before the LORD, and wait patiently for him…” (Psalm 37:7). This waiting patiently for God in God’s time isn’t the easiest thing for me. […]

The Way of Blessing?

I’ve been reading Psalm 24 all week as part of my daily prayer and devotional time. A couple of verses, in particular, have really caught my attention, specifically as they relate to the sermon series on the Psalms I have been preaching this summer. “Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not […]

How do You Feel About Predestination?

How do you feel about predestination? My daily scripture readings this week included readings from Ephesians, chapter 1, where we read phrases like: – “…just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world”; – “He destined us…”; – “In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined…” It sounds […]