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Jan 31, 2023

For God’s Sake: The “water” Jesus offers is eternal life

The little girl’s face wrinkled up with incredulity and mild horror. “You drink sink water?!” she gasped. My wife was drawing water from the tap at the kitchen sink, “Yes, don’t you?” “No!” the girl replied as if being asked if she drank from a toilet bowl.

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Jan 24, 2023

For God’s Sake: We are shaped by trials of many kinds

My wife and I have a few reality TV series that we like to watch. Over a year, we binge-watched the cooking show “MasterChef Australia” relying heavily on closed captioning to comprehend the Aussie accent.

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Jan 17, 2023

For God’s Sake: Understanding God’s love for us

In three decades of preaching and writing, I have had a growing appreciation for how often it is the smallest words that make the biggest difference. Dwarfed by their larger companions, they seem insignificant, but they are not.

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Jan 10, 2023

For God’s Sake: Carefully reading Bible can lead to epiphany

Friday, Jan. 6 was the Feast of the Epiphany in the church calendar, commemorating the wise men’s visit to the Christ child. That date never fails to dredge up in me the memory of an epiphany I had 37 years ago.

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Jan 2, 2023

For God’s Sake: Put your trust in Him

A blank page, or screen in this digital age, is intimidating for a writer. In your head is a jumble of ideas, each one a potential vehicle for a creative journey, but like cars in rush hour traffic, they are backed up with none moving forward.

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Dec 19, 2022

For God’s Sake: Conflicted by popular Christmas hymn

I have a favorite Christmas hymn that I am uncomfortable singing. It is one of the most beloved Christmas hymns, and I love it too, with reservation. I am a man conflicted! The hymn is “Away in a Manger,” a song mistakenly attributed to Martin Luther.

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Dec 14, 2022

For God’s Sake: Time is ripe; receive God’s gift of his Son

I have a friend who is obsessed with the proper use of grammar. One time when going through TSA security screening at the airport, he felt the need to correct the TSA agent’s grammar.

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Dec 6, 2022

For God’s Sake: Our hope is in Jesus Christ

November 27th was the first Sunday of Advent; its theme was hope. When Winston Churchill learned that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States had entered World War II, he said, “Silly people, and there were many, not only in enemy countries, might discount the force of the United States…But I had studied the American Civil War, fought out to the last desperate inch. American blood flowed in my veins.

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Nov 21, 2022

For God’s Sake: Prayer seems intended to change the one praying more than their circumstances

My wife has an endearing habit that I am gradually making my own. She says, “thank you,” for everything I do. If I take out the trash, she says, “Thank you for taking out the trash.” When we go grocery shopping, she says, “Thank you for helping me do the shopping.”

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Nov 14, 2022

For God’s Sake: No time for frantic preparation when Jesus returns

I awoke with a start in full panic mode. It was morning and sunlight flooded our tiny motel room. Shaking my wife, I shouted, “Get up, we overslept! We’re going to miss the ferry!” We bounded out of bed, threw on clothes, and wrangled our suitcases out of the room.