Author Archives: Pete

No Wedding Garment

Hovering this morning over Jesus’ parable in the opening verses of Matthew 22. Chilling, if you chew on it for a bit. The analogy? “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for … Continue reading

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A Bad Deal

We made a bad deal. A poor trade. A seriously miscalculated swap. That’s what I’m taking away from one of the most depressing passages in all the New Testament, Romans 1:18-32. Yesterday, I concluded my Romans 1 reading on a … Continue reading

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Rightness vs. Righteousness

As I hover over Romans 1:16-17 this morning the words of Jesus come to mind: “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one … Continue reading

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Only A Tenant

Reading in Leviticus 25 this morning. Hovering over the instructions concerning the year of jubilee. Every fifty years a year of reset when everyone was to “return to his property” and “return to his clan” (Lev. 25:10-11). For forty-nine years … Continue reading

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No Quid Pro Quo

They were two blind guys by the road. Thus, they were just two more beggars along the by-way. Limited, to say the least, in what they had to offer to others. Lost in a world of darkness, the world around … Continue reading

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What the Lord Has Separated Let No One Join Together

Working my way through a catalog of commandments in Leviticus this morning (Lev. 18-20). Most make sense to this 21st century mind, others not so much. But what is clear is that the reason for the LORD laying out all … Continue reading

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No More Goat Demons

You can take the people out of Egypt, but the God who made them knew how hard it would be to take Egypt out of the people. For 400 years the people of Israel had lived in the land of … Continue reading

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The God of My Life

In one sense it strikes me as an apt psalm for expressing some of the collateral damage experienced during a pandemic. As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for … Continue reading

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On Being a Little One

Their question, if not the right question, is certainly an understandable question. After all, they were getting in on the ground floor. They were initial investors. That they should be the first to be let in on what the kingdom … Continue reading

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Belief and Behavior

Been reading a book on asking the right questions when it comes to thinking through how to be intentional in leading people in the church towards following Christ. It’s what we’re commissioned to do, “Go and make disciples” (Matt 28:19-20). … Continue reading

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