“I will not let you go!” Rebekah has the opportunity to preach again.

Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered. Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel,[a] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.” Genesis 32:26-28 - Rebekah blessing the congregation The best I …

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Prayer (at the 50-yard line or anywhere) is the language of our relationship with God

“Hear my prayer, O Lord,    and give ear to my cry;    hold not your peace at my tears!For I am a sojourner with you,    a guest, like all my fathers.Psalm 39:12 - NC writer Derek Maul I have been reading a little discussion - some heated - on prayer recently. Mostly in response to the Supremes (SCOTUS) and their decision …

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how to walk with God like Samuel (hint: the answer begins with a “J”)

Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening." As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. - 1 Samuel 3:9, 19 Samuel Walked with God: Wednesday evenings, I'm reading through the …

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the tragic need of so many people to be “right”

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world …

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DTR – Define The Relationship

So this is how my brain works: "Ooooo, It's Saturday morning; it's not even seven o'clock; it's as cold as the summit of Mt Washington outside; the dog won't even get up. I think I'll drive to the church for some Bible-study with the guys!" I know! Sounds crazy, doesn't it? But, I've got to …

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my niche is life (the life that is truly life)

Jesus - I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. - John 10:10 This blog engages readers with a huge variety when it comes to content! Over the past month I've written about travel, family, life, church, faith, politics, remodeling, education, health, gardening, theology, food, dogs, music, and …

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the beauty of faith-based relationships

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. (1 John 4:20-21) …

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The central question of Christian faith

In yesterday's post - The Conversation about Heaven and Hell - I made the following statement: The central question of Christian faith is this: 'Am I going to accept Christ’s invitation to live in the beauty of a restored relationship with God?” I'm not sure if it's the most poetic phrasing I have ever crafted, but …

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