Blogging Without Obligation

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Have you ever written a blog post that starts out apologizing for not blogging in a while? I haven’t, but the thought has crossed my mind. Sometimes, I get sick and tired of blogging (not the writing) just all the baggage that seems to come with the blogging world. Then I came across an older […]

The Human Animal and Dog Psychologists

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In a world gone awry, human euthanasia becomes more and more acceptable, sometimes even involuntary euthanasia, while owners of dangerous dogs face huge obstacles in getting the animals put down. But when man ignores God’s Word, and starts making his own rules, misguided and confused philosophies abound. Genesis 5:1 5:1 This is the book of the […]

Great Discoveries Bring Help

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2 Timothy 4:2 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (ESV) We’ve all heard preachers whose speaking fills us with awe. Or sat under teaching that leaves us wondering, “How did they get all that from that passage?” It is said that […]

Don’t Marry Him!

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Mario and I have an unusual marriage story. We met for the first time on October 1, and married on November 1, exactly one month later. Love at first sight?—Definitely! Peace, harmony, and lovey-dovey paradise—everafter? Definitely not! Marriage is one of the biggest decisions we make in life. Few have such deep and long lasting […]

Are You a Gate Keeper?

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Have you ever wondered what the temple gate keepers did? Or like me, were you content to view it through the lens of our modern days and culture? Gate keepers were not mere ushers, helping people find the right seat in the house of worship. They were defenders of the temple’s holiness. And in that […]

Trust is a Sacred Gift

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We spent the weekend at our Lazio church, helping to clear up some problems that had developed. And we thank the Lord for this. Not that problems had developed, but because we sensed God’s grace in the situation. Just as all missionaries, we wonder sometimes if our presence really makes a difference. But this weekend, […]

He’ll Do the Rest

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Large crowds often followed the Lord, hanging on his every word, longing for a breath of their life-giving truth. That day, after crossing to the other side of Lake Galilee, was no different. Some followed him perhaps, because they’d seen his miracles. But until that day, none followed him hoping for food, or to have […]

And You Thought Taxes were High!

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Poll tax, salt tax, and crown tax! Wherever they went, along major highways, at city gates, or along quiet country roads, the Israelites found the tax booth, the main symbol of foreign domination, and that which most stirred their indignation. Foreign taxation was nothing new to them, but the unscrupulous dealings of the Roman tax-farmers […]

No Room at the Inn of the Fried Locusts

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With travel in Biblical times dangerous as it was, along little-traveled roads, or where great distances separated towns, weary travelers found lodging in hostels—special refuges, with unfurnished rooms around a large central courtyard where beasts and carriages were kept. While lodging was free, an ‘innkeeper’, usually a foreigner, sold necessities, as in the story of […]

What Kind of Highway are You?

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Even before the times of the kings, carriage roads existed in Israel, including the king’s highway, a toll road for public use, (the 20th and 21st chapters of Numbers and the 4th chapter of Ezra). And Mosaic Law also required bridges, signposts, and good maintenance for all roads leading to the cities of refuge. No […]