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Created by God

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1 ESV) Have you ever seen pictures taken by the Hubble space telescope? The universe is a beautiful place. When I stop to think about the farthest reaches of space, I think about darkness. I don't...

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Cultural Revolution

Consider the example of Chang Ta Pao, an illiterate Chinese peasant who became a leader in the Red Guard, the brutal youth army that rose up in response to Mao's teachings. Chang's story is told by Niu-Niu, a victim of Mao's Cultural Revolution. She was only a child...

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The Tent Peg

Judges 4:20-21 - Stand in the doorway of the tent, he told her. If someone comes by and asks you, is anyone here? Say no. But Jael, Heber's wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through...

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The Autopilot

Imagine riding in a speedboat on a lake with an automatic pilot set to go east. If you decide to reverse and head west, you have two possible ways to change the boat's direction. One way is to grab the steering wheel and physically force it to head in the opposite...

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Moving Day

Psalm 145:8-9,13 - The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving towards all he has made. (NIV)I am an interim pastor. My job...

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Genuine Faith

"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in...

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The Straying Daughter

Early in 1998, a distressed mother living in Chicago sought the Lord on behalf of her teenage daughter. This girl had already fallen heavily into drugs, even supporting herself as a prostitute in England for a time. She was back in the States, but her mom, whom we'll...

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