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News Flash: Planet Earth invaded by its Creator, not with the force of justice and judgment; but with mercy, love, humility. The Creator comes in human flesh, not in a royal palace, but in an animal stable — not with a demonstration of His power and authority, but subject to the circumstances of a Babe born under questionable conditions to a poor mother. Yet 20 centuries later, the world slows down, work stops, families gather on the day set aside to remember that God invasion. One Babe began a movement that continues to our time — a movement that has made millions of men and women better than they would have been without beholding the Christ. Transformed by Jesus, by God in the flesh — made new, set free, personally invaded by the Spirit, now rejoicing, not in stuff, and tinsel, and traditions both religious and secular; but rejoicing in relationship with the Babe, now the Lord, Savior, Master!

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Which Church Organizational Structure Is From God?

As far as I know, all the thousands of denominations and independent churches around the world claim that their organizational structure is from God.  (At least, I’ve never heard of a church saying:  “Our church’s organizational chart is man-made.”) Here … Continue reading

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Christmas Is About Judgment

Here’s a surprise: Christmas is about dealing with judgment. Our sinful thoughts, choices, and behaviors have been judged and we are guilty and condemned men and women. If our condemnation is merely canceled, the result would be chaos and injustice. … Continue reading

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Jesus (And The Thoughts He Brings To My Mind)

I wrote down “Jesus.”  Now I am going to write what comes from my heart.  I love Jesus.  He is more real to me than the air I breathe.  He sustains me, strengthens me, comforts me, challenges me, inspires me, … Continue reading

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Life Rocks When Religion Becomes Real (Or, Night At The Theological Museum)

In the 2006 movie, Night at the Museum,  a night watchman at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is shocked when the exhibits in the museum come to life.  His once boring job suddenly becomes exciting and challenging.  It is amazing the … Continue reading

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The Greatest Country In The World

The greatest country in the world not a democracy.  It is a kingdom with a benevolent ruler. Yet, the greatest nation in the world is a great melting pot.  It’s citizens are originally from various countries all over the planet — from … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglas — Freedom Fighter

Frederick Douglas is featured in the new PBS series, The Abolitionists, along with Angelina Grimke, John Brown, William Lloyd Garrison, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.  Douglas is an interesting person in American history. He was claimed to be personal property from his birth … Continue reading

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