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Render to Caesar

Author: Adam LancasterCategory: General, Culture

Israel wanted a king like the surrounding nations. God gave them one with a warning: “You won’t like him.” Samuel reported to Israel God’s words and said the king “will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your ...

Easter According to Psalm 22, 23 and 24 - Part 1

Author: Clint PatronellaCategory: Theology

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (Prov. 13:12). This proverb incisively captures the longing to see a promise fulfilled. In Acts 2, Peter recalls God promising David to one day raise up one of his offspring to be king of an everlasting kingdom (2 Sam. 7:1-17). David never saw this promise realized, but he told of it. David was not merely a ...

Misdirected Discontent

Author: Mason KingCategory: General, Culture

This race we’re running is tiring. In hunting our happiness and fulfillment, we’ve become the hunted. Our desire for approval and love – this disconnect in our souls – both promises and denies rest. We are trapped in a self-defeating cycle, trying to catch happiness at the expense of joy. As believers, Jesus is our identity – our daily footing and acceptance before God. Our hope in ...

The War Against Weakness

Author: Lee LewisCategory: General, Theology

In walking with people bogged down by sin, I have noticed a consistent trend: an independence from God. This observation is further enforced in Scripture. Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 1:1-32, John 15:1-27 and countless other texts point toward the realities that exist when man operates outside of God. To sum this behavior up in one word, you could call it “pride,” but there are other factors at ...

Help From Other Worlds: Another Earth and Melancholia

Author: Adam LancasterCategory: Culture

It’s not surprising that humanity’s hope in himself to bring about ultimate meaning has fallen on hard times lately. Another Earth (2010) and Melancholia (2011) are just a couple of recent big screen portrayals of man’s planet-sized disappointment. It’s encouraging that his failures have caused him to look outside himself, but in these two dramas, man looks not to the Savior but through ...

Distracted Discipleship: Put Your Phone Down

Author: Ryan GeyerCategory: General, Culture

The world we live in is incredible. The same computer I’m using to write this blog can fetch video from any era, play music from any artist and put me in contact with almost anyone, anywhere in the world. The phone in my pocket contains more technology than the Saturn V rocket that sent the Apollo astronauts to the moon. Think about that. We, literally, have more power in the palm of our hands ...

Only One

Author: Sheila SchroyerCategory: General, Culture

I recently felt accused and persecuted for something that I believed I did not do. I was hurt, angry and wanted to defend myself. I could not see these things that were being said about me. As I struggled through, questioning why this was happening, the Lord whispered a loud rebuke to me: "Only One is blameless. Only One stood before others and was accused of actions He did not do. Only One ...

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