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Category Archives: Lamplighter Moments

  • Raging Nations, Laughing God

    “Why do the nations rage?” Psalm 2, written by David, is a treatise on the tension that exists between humanity and God—basically because man wants things his way. David, God’s chosen king, was placed in authority over land that God would survey from Egypt to the Euphrates River. He overthrew the wicked nations that occupied that [...]

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  • What Did You Come Out to See?

    In Luke 7 Jesus asks an unusual question: “What did you come out to see? A reed shaken in the wind?”  For years this question eluded me. To understand these questions, we need to look at the context. John the Baptist had just sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the one to come or should they [...]

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  • Hold on to the Promises

    “God’s divine power has granted unto us everything we need for life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). What is the prerequisite for receiving “everything we need”? Peter states that it is through the knowledge of Him by which he has also granted us great and magnificent promises. The word knowledge appears five times in chapter one of 2 Peter. In [...]

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  • Shouts of Joy or Miserable Silence

    In Luke chapter 1 an old man and a teen girl hear an angelic announcement that rocks their worlds. On center stage is our elderly tongued tied Zechariah and our teenage virgin, Mary. Upon hearing the news that he’s going to have a baby, Zechariah questions the angel by asking, “How shall I know this?” Mary’s [...]

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  • 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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