Foundational Monotheism in Psalm 86

The first ten verses of Psalm 86 read this way: Hear me, Lord, and answer me,     for I am poor and needy. 2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;     save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; 3 have mercy on me, Lord,     for I call to you all day long....

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Candy Bars

There is nothing quite like a good candy bar, is there? I remember when they cost a dime. I’d ride my bike up to the neighborhood Seven-Eleven Store, put a dime on the counter, and ask for a Baby Ruth. Those really were the days. It’s no exaggeration to say that candy...

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ThanksLiving, Week 2 — The “No Words” Sermon Rewind

Paul was a wordsmith. While other biblical artists draw word pictures, Paul's specialty is word "pile ons."  He explains his words with more words.  He adds to his arguments with more words.  Words are his currency and he spends them well. And yet in 2 Corinthians...

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Passage To India

In preparation for our team's recent India Mission trip, I drew this map of the sub-continent to help the team as I gave them a historico-geo-political history lesson in our on-the-plane briefing session.   You're welcome. (Many of you have asked when we might...

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Jason Isbell Songs

I am not stuck in the 70s and 80s when it comes to my musical tastes. Really, I'm not. (Actually, the more I declare it, the less you believe it, I know.) But for sure my favorite "current" artist is Jason Isbell.  My 25 year old son Riley is the first one to tell me...

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ThanksLiving Launch — “Thunderstruck”

Thanksgiving.  It’s what we do.  We travel, we gather, we pray, we eat, we watch football, we sleep, and then we prepare for Christmas.  It’s the same year after year. But ThanksLiving?  It’s not what we do.  It’s who we are.  Or, in the case of Good Shepherd Church,...

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Look Intently At WHAT?!

Think of all the things that get our double takes: Beautiful people. Sunsets on the beach. Sunrise on the beach. Mist rising from the mountains. The colors in a kaleidoscope. A city skyline at night. Beautiful people. And James throws in this line early in his...

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Sing To The King …

Matthew Bates' Salvation By Allegiance Alone has been a mind-bending, soul-shaping, and preacher-salivating read for me over the last few weeks. Here's the thesis in a nutshell: It's a Gospel that starts with Jesus instead of me and culminates more with a Savior who...

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