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Category Archives: Lamplighter Moments

  • Two or Three

    In Matthew 18:20 we find one of the most frequently quoted Bible verses: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst.” I don’t know about you, but this verse has always bothered me. Isn’t Jesus in the midst of just one person? Verses like this need to [...]

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  • Stirring Up Trouble

    Did you ever notice how Jesus responds to some people with a seemingly unrelated reply? In Luke 4:16-30 He does just that. Everything is going fine up to this point. A year has gone by and the hometown boy has just returned to Nazareth. He’s preached in a few cities, healed a few people, and [...]

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  • Salt of the Earth

     “You are the salt of the earth.” This statement might not seem very profound, but it speaks volumes—especially during Jesus’ time. Salt has been a precious commodity throughout history. It is an essential part of our diet. In fact, we can’t live without it. I remember when my dad was in the hospital, one of [...]

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  • Salt of the Earth

    “You are the salt of the earth.” This statement might not seem very profound, but it speaks volumes—especially during Jesus’ time. Salt has been a precious commodity throughout history. It is an essential part of our diet. In fact, we can’t live without it. I remember when my dad was in the hospital, one of [...]

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  • Gilded Influence

    Did you know that the words Guild and Gild come from the same roots? To gild something was to decoratively cover something, usually in fine gold leaf. The term guild usually meant ‘to pay, contribute,’ within a collaborative common purpose. The root also meant ‘to sacrifice, worship.’(Medieval Guilds: Gary Richardson) Later the German meaning of guild referred [...]

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  • Forgiveness

    Are you lugging around a sack of unforgiveness? A theology class normally didn’t involve vegetables, but today would be different. The professor asked each student to bring in a clear plastic bag full of potatoes, and it couldn’t be a sandwich bag. He told everyone to think of people they were unwilling to forgive, and [...]

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  • A Double Yoke Pt. 2

    In our last moment we considered how Christ will bear our burdens if we’ll learn from Him as He takes the lead. Once we learn to yield to His desires and direction, we will be able to recognize the enemy’s yoke that shackles and binds without restful consolation. In fact, one of the deceptions of the [...]

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  • A Double Yoke Pt. 1

    “Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-29). Why [...]

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  • Face to Face

    In his book, Missional Church, author Darrell L. Guder writes, “Complex, modern society is a reality for everyone in North America. No one has escaped being shaped by its pervasive influence. It has become the very air that we breathe.” Perhaps most indicative of the heart of our North American culture is Guder’s assertion that we [...]

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  • K-nots of Constraining Love

    Lately I have been reading about the Christian women in China, Pakistan, and India whose husbands are not believers. They are in danger of unthinkable abuse. But Arona was not afraid for her life. She lived for Christ openly in front of her always-drunk and abusive husband. She did not preach to him but was [...]

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