Silent Partners

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  “The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples whom he sent ahead of him in pairs” (Luke 10)  God loves pairs.  God chose Abel over Cain and Jacob over Esau to contrast the ways of God and the way of the flesh.   God’s goal is to pair two like-minded souls together […]

Happy Birthday Ignatius

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Ignatius of Antioch hailed from Syria.   The Apostle John taught Ignatius the basics of the faith.  Ignatius’ confidence in God’s presence in his life earned him the nickname, “Theophorus” (i.e. god-bearer).    Like John, he wrote seven letters to the churches of Asia revealing both his mind and heart. In […]

Be A Sign

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The most popular scene in early Christian art is Jonah reclining naked under a gourd.  Rarely, do the early Christians picture Jonah preaching (cf.  Narkiss, Bezalel. “The Sign of Jonah.” Gesta 18, no. 1 (1979): 63-76. doi:10.2307/766792.) Even though Jonah’s “obedience” produces wildly successful results,  the early Christian painters emphasized not […]

Time to Choose

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Imagine if Jesus’ mother said “yes” to Gabriel’s request but instead of obeying, she decided to go about her own business?     Her “yes” followed by her life’s “no” would have profited her nothing. James asks, ” What does it profit if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can […]

Murmuring God’s Word

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“Hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.   Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”    Or did Jesus improvise on existing synagogue prayers (Qaddish) or the  Eighteen […]

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