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This week I was pulled to the 11th chapter of Isaiah. I needed to be reminded that God will bring about the peaceful kingdom. In verses 1-9, we are given the vision of what God’s kingdom will look like. The most compelling image for me is that of predator and prey at peace with one another: …

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“Phillip found Nathaniel and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ ” John 1:45

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One of my favorite activities growing up was building forts. My brothers and I would often play “War.” So, we needed to build forts to try to protect us from the “enemy” — the other brothers who were trying to attack.

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“You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” — Matthew 16:23b

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “discern” comes from the Latin combination of “dis,” which means “apart,” and “cernere,” which means “to sift.” Discernment is the ability to sift apart fact from fiction, truth from opinion, and horse sense from horse dung. Failure to exe…

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Have you ever had a song you couldn’t get out of your head? This week, for me it is a contemporary Christian song that was inspired by Psalm 24. The chorus is a plea to God to “give us clean hands, give us pure hearts, let us not lift our souls to another.” In these very divisive days, the c…

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“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.’ ” John 14:6

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I took a week of vacation last week for a staycation. We moved our baby to college on Monday. So, I told people I was taking the rest of the week off to mourn. My real intent, however, was to just have some time off to rest.

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And he said, “Bring them here to me.” — Matthew 14:18

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“See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.” (James 3:5b-6)

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Where do we find our hope? These days that seem to be a run-on sentence about a virus have the potential to drain us of our hope and our joy if we are not diligent in cultivating them both. How do we do this in a world filled with the noise of unrest and distrust? Conversations are either vo…

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“Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43

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“Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” — Matthew 10:28

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Popular culture appreciates fathers but does not consider them essential. In reality, God has appointed fathers to be the primary influencer in their children’s lives. This is not to say that mothers are unimportant. In fact, in many situations, mothers have done an amazing job playing both …

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One of the paralyzing moments I had this week was realizing I had the Faith Column to write. The weight of the week’s events and the value attached to words from people of faith wrapped my spirit in fear.

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This week we celebrated Memorial Day. This is a time that we as a nation set aside to remember the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I would like to share with you something that our son, Sgt. William Nutt of the U.S. Army, wrote.

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Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. — John 21:12

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(This article is an adaptation of Day 19 from the devotional written by my wife Nicole and me titled “30 Days Through a Crisis.” It is available through Amazon and locally at Hill’s Music, Henderson.)

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While being quarantined through this COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve had a lot of time to sit back to read, pray and study. One day I prayed Psalm 139: 23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way e…

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In the lectionary readings for Easter Season, the day of resurrection goes on for three Sundays. It feels as if Easter Day never ends. The challenge we have is living into the truth of an Easter Day that never ends while encountering “stay-in-place” orders that feel like they will never end.

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To say that we are living in unusual, chaotic, and difficult times would be a great understatement! There is a newly discovered virus that is greatly impacting lives around the world. In the midst of this global health situation, leaders in our community, state and all across our country are…