Author Archives: Mark

Yes, Jesus Loves Me

One of the first confessions of faith I learned as a child was this simple lyric: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Where the Bible tells me so is in the witness of the … Continue reading

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A Christmas Crisis

It was a personal crisis he could never have imagined. Joseph is taken completely by surprise when he learns that Mary, his future wife, is pregnant. Joseph knew he was not the father. Mary had told him of the angel … Continue reading

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Back to Work

It is no secret that businesses in our communities and across the United States are on a desperate search to hire workers. Incentives to go back to work continue to increase, with sign-on bonuses and even pet insurance being offered … Continue reading

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Staying True in Persecution

What is at stake for Christians facing persecution today is the same as what is at stake for every believer who wants to follow Christ. Continue reading

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It May Sting but It Doesn’t Have to Stick

I read the lines a few times to make sure I understood what I was being accused of. Even though I didn’t believe it was true, the accusation still stung. Words can do that whether or not they are true, … Continue reading

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Caught in the Storm

Darkness was setting in as Jesus’ disciples launched their boat onto the open waters of the Sea of Galilee. After miraculously feeding a crowd of more than 5,000 people, Jesus had instructed the disciples to cross the sea and return … Continue reading

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Living by Faith in Uncertain Times

We are living in the midst of a host of uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  People are isolating and hoarding.  Schools and establishments are being closed and events cancelled.  How serious is this?  Well, they’ve cancelled school, college, and … Continue reading

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“We Will Not Quit!”

The parable of Jesus in Luke 18:1-8 has been titled “The Unjust Judge” and “The Persistent Widow. Which is it? Is the parable about an unjust judge or is it about a persistent widow? It’s about both and if we … Continue reading

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“Nothing in My Hands I Bring”

Martin Luther died a public death.  His death was not public in the same way as his hero John Huss’ death was 131 years earlier.  Huss was condemned a heretic by the Council of Constance, handed over to the civil authorities, and publicly burned … Continue reading

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Reflections on Church Attendance

It is no secret that Americans do not attend church as much as they once did.  Whether Roman Catholic, mainline Protestant, or Evangelical, attendance patterns overall are down.  Just over a year ago, The Pew Research Center published a report titled … Continue reading

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