NOW I KNOW BETTER As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance.  I Peter 1:14             My mother and father are both in heaven.  Though it has been twenty-eight years since my mother died and ten years since my father passed away, it feels like yesterday …

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CORNERED Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.  So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense?  If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”  John 10:23-24             The Jews ‘gathered round him.’  In the English vernacular, that sounds harmless enough.  This …

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  JESUS CHANGES THE SUBJECT Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”  John 3:3 Nicodemus came for a private teaching instruction from Jesus.  Instead of getting that, Jesus changed the topic entirely.  I can imagine Nicodemus was greatly confused. He was one …

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OATHS   But above all, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but let your yes be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment.  James 5:12             The Jews in James’ time had many ways of swearing.  They were careless in their …

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THE BEST LAID PLANS You boast in your arrogance, all such boasting is evil.  James 4:16             I’d love to have a count of how many planning meetings happen on Monday mornings; both in business and in ministry.  Those in leadership have, most likely, invested some critical thinking time on issues of strategy and implementation …

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