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genesis 23: cost

The negotiations between Ephron and Abraham, and Abraham’s insistence on paying for the burial site reminded me of something King David said in 2 Samuel 24:24: “No, I insist on buying it from you for a price, for I will not offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” It was… Continue reading genesis 23: cost

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what i’m learning at the fire hydrant

I had no idea what it would really be like, this year devoted to going deeper with God. They tried to warn me. They told me the discipleship training school would be like trying to drink from a gushing fire hydrant.  But, I've never tried to take a drink like that, so it was like trying… Continue reading what i’m learning at the fire hydrant

In the Word, Just Me

faith has to move

It came to me as I stood on the chair, almost cutting off my head in the ceiling fan blades. Maybe not cutting off really, but the thwack of even a dull fan blade would have hurt. Anyway, that's when it hit me. Right up there on the chair, in my little prayer room, as… Continue reading faith has to move

In the Word

because

For roughly three years Jesus poured Himself into followers.  Teaching, loving, displaying God-power, rebuking, laughing, weeping. Living life. Pouring into people who would turn around, pour it back out, and change the world. Ordinary people who watched, listened, and followed Jesus and became transformed. Lives interrupted by God, taking them from ordinary to radical. And… Continue reading because