The Dream Intervenes (Advent 22, 2020)

What’s the right thing to do?  It’s often hard to know.  The Bible admonishes us, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12) Joseph was a righteous man and wanted to do what was theologically correct to maintain that righteousness.  According to the law, […]

December 20, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Blessed Child (Advent 21, 2020)

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As […]

December 19, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Simplicity and Complication (Advent 20, 2020)

Of all the unlikely people to receive Divine Intervention, it would probably have been Mary.  She was a genuine nobody in a nowhere world called Nazareth.  She was a simple Jewish girl with a simple Jewish faith and betrothed to a simple Jewish man with a simple righteousness that stands out in its pristine beauty […]

December 18, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Rendered Speechless (Advent 19, 2020)

Have you ever been rendered speechless?  Being at a loss for words is fairly common.  Being suddenly deprived of your ability to speak is odd, if not otherworldly.  Divine Intervention. The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and […]

December 17, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Politics and Persecution (Advent 18, 2020)

Yeah, standing up for your faith in politically hostile environments can get you in trouble.  Big trouble.  King David knew it—Saul hunted him like an animal for 15 years before he finally became king.  Daniel knew it—he was put in the lions’ den and saved by God’s hand.  Jesus knew it—He was crucified but rose […]

December 16, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Patience and Political Risk (Advent 17, 2020)

God regrets things.  But it doesn’t mean He’d been wrong or made a mistake.  When your raw materials are sinful men, the process is ugly, but the final result will be worth it. God anoints Saul.  He rejects Saul.  All part of the process. “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has […]

December 15, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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They Saw, They Knew (Advent 16, 2020)

A Promised Land means nothing if the Israelites move in and pollute it by sinning instead of displaying behavior becoming of Chosen People.  So God issues Ten Commandments beginning with Exodus 20:1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land […]

December 14, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Then They Will Know (Advent 15, 2020)

What does it take for you to believe something?  Just reading it in print, or someone you regard saying that it’s so?  Maybe having it pass the “fact-checker” test or someone on Twitter telling you that it’s true?  Or sometimes, do you need to know it by someone showing you…in order to see it with […]

December 13, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Plague of the Firstborn (Advent 14, 2020)

The most grievous and powerful plague upon Egypt was also the most important Divine Intervention for the ancient Hebrews.  It’s a pattern of salvation and one set apart for remembrance through the ages: the plague against the firstborn in Egypt.  Jews and Christians alike celebrate it as Passover, even today thousands of years later, because […]

December 12, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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Plagues of Distinction (Advent 13, 2020)

Today, I’m going somewhat controversial on you.  I was trained in the tradition of a “pre-Tribulation Rapture”.  Whoa, whoa, whoa! you say.  Too confusing.  I don’t understand it.  Don’t go there, you say.  Watch me.  (grinning) There’s a reason I hold timing of “The Rapture” loosely, the Rapture, of course, being that moment of the […]

December 11, 2020 in Articles and Devotionals, Devotionals by

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