Category Archives: Social Issues

Psalm 9: A Stronghold for the Oppressed

But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. … Continue reading

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Reactionary

One of the words which best describes our current culture is “reactionary.” A car comes up quickly beside you in the adjacent lane. Do you find yourself speeding up to keep him / her from passing you? (Be honest.) Why … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Year of the Lord’s Favor, Part 4

Everything about the ministry of Jesus reflects the Kingdom of God. That means everything about the ministry of the church should also reflect the Kingdom of God. The church is to be an outpost of the Kingdom. That means our … Continue reading

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A New Day: The Year of the Lord’s Favor, Part 3

What really sets off the crowd in Nazareth are the two Old Testament examples Jesus uses as paradigms for His ministry: He says that there were plenty of Israelite widows in the days of Elijah, yet the prophet was not … Continue reading

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A New Day: Three Reasons You Don’t Need to Be Afraid, Part 3

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, … Continue reading

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A New Day: Three Reasons You Don’t Need to Be Afraid, Part 1

I read an article this week about the fears of famous people. The article pointed out that Jennifer Aniston, John Madden, and Whoopi Goldberg are all aviophobes. They’re afraid of flying. (And I thought Mr. T was the only one.) … Continue reading

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A New Day: Comfort in God’s Character, Part 1

Juniper Village is a memory-care facility located just outside Denver, Colorado. This week, Juniper Village set up a “hug tent” for their residents, many of whom are not only dealing with memory loss issues but they have not been able … Continue reading

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A New Day: Comfort in God’s Word, Part 1

Most everyone I know could use some comfort right now. The people of Isaiah’s day were no different. In Isaiah 40, we find good news; God stands ready to comfort His people. And Isaiah 40 is one of the great … Continue reading

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A New Day: New Jerusalem, Part 2

In a dizzying move reminiscent of a flashback scene from LOST, Isaiah snaps out of this glorious vision to see the grim reality of the conditions in earthly Jerusalem. And this section runs through the rest of chapter two and … Continue reading

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Overexpecting

It seems to me that we tend to overexpect quite a bit — we have unrealistic expectations for our institutions, our relationships, or really just about any area of our lives. I first came across the word in James K.A. … Continue reading

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