Category Archives: Jesus

Live for the Applause of the Nail-Scarred Hands

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That’s What I See

Two images have been seared in my mind these past few days. Both are scandalous, although for differing reasons. The image of George Floyd… …and the image of President Trump. The contrast between the two is stark. The image of … Continue reading

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We Keep Hope Alive: Easter 2020

Dear Mayfair family, Bad news. It seems as if that’s all we hear these days. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed over 20,000 American lives — and we’re told the worst is still yet to come. For many of us, the … Continue reading

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Scarcity and the Abundance of God

I have a confession to make: I am really struggling with a scarcity mindset right now. A few nights ago, I went out to the store to get some bread. When I got there, this is what I found:  I’ve … Continue reading

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The Antidote to Contempt: Thoughts on the National Prayer Breakfast

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual gathering in Washington D.C. hosted by members of Congress. It was a wonderful experience and I was grateful to receive the invitation. I was especially … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: When We Wrestle

In our study of Genesis, we have talked about a God who creates; a God who faithfully keeps His promises; a God who sees us, even when we feel overlooked. We have looked at the stories of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: When God Provides

Today in our series, The Gospel According to Genesis, we reach one of the most difficult stories in the Bible: the story found in Genesis 22. In Judaism, it is known as “The Akedah” — “The Binding of Isaac.” But … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: When We Laugh, Part 2

And this whole story repeats itself in the next chapter.  And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day.  Genesis 18:1 Not long … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: A God Who Sees, Part 2

We will return to Abraham and Sarah’s story next week and the way God resolves His promise to them. But before we get to that part of the story, we need to look at another woman who struggles to be … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: When We Trust God, Part 2

In Genesis 12:1-3, God speaks of the great blessing He will bestow upon Abraham. In fact, God uses the word “bless” five times in His call of Abraham.  Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred … Continue reading

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