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Forgiveness Instead

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The New Testament is the wondrous story of God’s love for a broken world. The height of this love is manifested on the cross of Jesus. In the hours before His crucifixion, Jesus was betrayed, abandoned, slandered, and beaten. The crowds that cheered Him days earlier, jeered Him. They spat...

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I Recommend Hope

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One of the great privileges of being a pastor is the opportunity to share with families and individuals at key moments in their lives. Last week offers a great example as I attended or participated in three funerals, one wedding and spent the week at camp with middle school youth. At times the...

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The Poems of God

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The drive up and down I-35 is familiar to anyone who lives in central Oklahoma. While construction detours often frustrate and result in extended travel delays, there are times along the interstate where the peaceful rhythm of driving offers time for reflection and observation. Recently, I...

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Empty No More

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Last October I sat at the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem. The Garden Tomb is an alternate site to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as the place for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Both sites have their merits and persuasive arguments. The Garden Tomb setting, however, invites its visitors...

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Trailblazing Women

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Women’s History Month is celebrated in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom during March. Its purpose is to highlight the struggles and contributions of women throughout history and into the present day. The National Women’s History Project chose “Honoring...

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Fences, Walls, Doors, and Gates

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In his poem, “Mending Wall,” published in 1914 Robert Frost stated the proverb, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Frost recognized that “where there are cows,” fences make good sense. However, he questioned the necessity of fences where they are not needed...

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The Pursuit of Greatness

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Collegefootballnews.com recently ranked the University of Oklahoma as the “Greatest Football Program of All-Time.” (Boomer. . .) Last summer, Michael Phelps was proclaimed the “Greatest Olympian of All-Time.” Muhammad Ali simply declared, “I am the greatest!&rdquo...

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Resolutions and Repentance

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Have you made your New Year’s Resolution(s) yet? If so, have you developed a plan to carry them out? Changing the habits and patterns of life doesn’t just happen. These changes take place over a period of time as we intentionally practice new things, forging new habits to take the...

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Prepare the Way

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  On a Black Friday long, long ago, my wife and I set out to find the perfect Christmas gift for our two and a half year old daughter.  We scanned the Thanksgiving Day paper to see what bargains would allow us to maximize our limited resources. Uninspired by the first stack of...

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Trick or Treat?!

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The candy bowl is filled, the porch light is on, and the doorbell is waiting. I am ready for Halloween. On Monday evening as sunset turns to darkness, costumed children will begin their quest for “tricks or treats.” Of course, every child hopes for a bag full of treats on their...

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