The Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement or Day of Purification, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish faith. It is the culmination of a 10 day observance known as the Days of Awe, and marks the end of one year and the beginning of a new year in the Jewish calendar. Beside […]

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Clean and Unclean

A few weeks ago Lori and I were at the Improv Comedy performance and they were asking people about how they tried to lose weight. One person said they went on protein shakes for this huge amount of time. Another person talked about diet pills. Someone else talked about the All meat diet while someone […]

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Held to a Higher Standard

You know you are in trouble when you are training for a new job, and the person training you says, “First, I’m going to show you how it is supposed to be done…then I’m going to show you how I do it.” When I was just out of high school I worked for a local […]

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Called to Be Priests

In 1994, Rwanda became the focus of the world. This small nation in central Africa became the site of an ethnic cleansing where more than 800,000 men, women, and children were killed. The ruling Hutu tribe pronounced judgment on the Tutsis, and set about to slaughter ever single human they could find. In order to […]

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Sacrifices for Unintentional Sin

We have some interesting phrases in the English language. Two that I have always found interesting are…You are putting lipstick on a pig! And, You can’t polish that turd…which Mythbusters proved you can actually polish a turd. What they are meant to remind us is that just fixing up the exterior doesn’t change the substance […]

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Sacrifice

What do you do to get closer to God? How do we grow closer to God? These are questions that have been asked for thousands upon thousands of years. Today, many of us read our Bibles, we study, we sing songs, we serve, we pray, we fast…we have a long list of things we do […]

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Introduction to Leviticus

If you are like most Christians, every year you decide to “get better” at reading your Bible. We want to have a deeper relationship with God, and we know that better understanding the book He left us is a great way to start. So some of you begin a “Through the Bible in a Year” […]

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1 Corinthians 14:34

Today we are looking at two of the most quoted passages in Scripture when dealing with this debate. These are the troublesome passages, if you will, when dealing with the role of women in the ministry of the Church. I have always said, nothing has made me more of a feminist than becoming the father […]

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Matthew 7:1

Have you ever met someone who consistently uses a word or phrase wrongly? One of my favorite movies has a running joke about misusing a word… This actually happens in real life… When I was in college I was part of a ministry team that travelled around to different churches in the area. It was […]

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Matthew 5:39

Recently, on Thrillest.com, I read an article titled “9 Innocent Gestures That’ll Get You Punched In the Face Overseas.” Despite the aggressive title, it simply told about benign gestures we make as Americans that are not so benign in other cultures. 1. Thumbs Up: In Thailand it ranges from very offensive to something akin to […]

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