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Amen, Amen! Part Two

Remember, when Jesus says, “Truly, Truly I say to you,” He is claiming and emphasizing ultimate authority for what He is about to say.  He seeks no other approval or confirmation.  The expectation is that…
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Amen, Amen: Introduction

“Verily, Verily I say unto thee,” sounds quintessentially like the King James version of the Bible.  “Verily” actually means “truly” and that is translated from the word “Amen” which is the Hebrew word for “truth.”…
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Think on These Things

Celebrate God all day, every day!  Revel in Him!  Let your Spirit-led reasonableness become evident in every relationship.  The Lord is present.  Do not allow yourselves to be pulled in different directions by fear and…
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Life- Altering Altars: Conclusion

God infuses us with new capacities at specific times and places: our lives become wider apertures for the Spirit.  At these times the story of God weaves itself into and through our story, taking on…
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Life-Altering Altars: Provision

What kind of God would ask a man to sacrifice his Son?! Early pagan cultures sought the help of their gods to provide favorable conditions for their crops to grow and their livestock to thrive. …
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Life Altering Altars: Perception

There are times in your faith journey when you experience seasons of uncertainty and discouragement.  You seek direction in prayer, but the silence is deafening, and the pathway ahead seems very dark.  Times such as…
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Life-Altering Altars: Priorities

This life altering, or altar-like, experience of Abraham’s seals and settles his priorities.  In this instance his approach was much like our own altar-focused commitments, in that he did not build a literal altar.  As…
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Life-Altering Altars: Possession

Abraham is known as a man of the tent and a man of the altar: the tent, reflecting the temporary and transitory nature of life, and the altar reflecting the sacredness of life.  Each altar…
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Life-Altering Altars: Permanence

I walked in on my daughter when she was about eight years old, sitting cross-legged on her bed and seriously gazing at several rocks lined up in front of her.  (Was this “new age” philosophy…
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Life-Altering Altars: Prayer

The Old Testament is rich with its landscape of covenants, laws, temples, offerings, feasts, characters, and altars; but our Western culture has minimized their value in the eyes of the average Christian.  The purpose of…
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