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Finding hope and faith in the midst of pain

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Las Vegas… New York City… Sutherland Springs. What do you say in the face of horrific evil that continues to manifest itself in our world and nation?  The Psalmist cried out in anguish, My God, My God, why have You forsaken me? We do not know the circumstances around the...

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The Language of Old

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One of the struggles of Native American peoples is preserving their individual languages. Of course, language is more than words. Language embodies the culture of a people, preserving the past, shaping the future and giving meaning to the present. Language passes on the stories that tell...

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The Hurricanes of 2017

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The hurricane names of 2017 seemed harmless enough when I first saw them: Harvey, Irma, Maria. Today, these names will always be associated with some of the most devastating storms in modern history. And with nine weeks of hurricane season remaining, we must pray that Philippe, Sean, Tammy, and...

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All the Families of the Earth

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The Lord declared to Abram (Abraham) in Genesis 12, “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great.” If we keep reading, however, we discover the purpose of God’s covenant with Abraham was not to bless him and his descendants alone, but to bless...

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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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