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This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. || 1 John 1:5

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. || 1 John 4:8

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. || 1 John 3:16

Oh God, Thou art lightning and love. || Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Exile.  It’s one of those Bible words.  Clunky.  Nerdy.  One which never comes up in our every day life.  Yet there are few concepts more critical to understanding the Bible and the very story of our lives.
Merriam-Webster defines exile as the state or period of forced absence from one’s country or home.
If you’re familiar with the Bible you might be aware that over half of the Old Testament deals with Israel’s exile from their homeland.  Peeling back another layer we discover that all but three chapters of the Old Testament are about a people in exile.  At the end of Genesis 3, Adam & Eve are driven out of Eden and from Genesis 3:24 onward, the story of all mankind focuses on our attempts and God’s work to bring us home. (read more) View Larger

Exile.  It’s one of those Bible words.  Clunky.  Nerdy.  One which never comes up in our every day life.  Yet there are few concepts more critical to understanding the Bible and the very story of our lives.

Merriam-Webster defines exile as the state or period of forced absence from one’s country or home.

If you’re familiar with the Bible you might be aware that over half of the Old Testament deals with Israel’s exile from their homeland.  Peeling back another layer we discover that all but three chapters of the Old Testament are about a people in exile.  At the end of Genesis 3, Adam & Eve are driven out of Eden and from Genesis 3:24 onward, the story of all mankind focuses on our attempts and God’s work to bring us home. (read more)


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Tom Petty may have said it best, “the waiting is the hardest part.” And while it may not be the hardest, it certainly is not easy. We do not like waiting. Yet it is part of every day  life.
Most of us are experienced in waiting
… for your ride to come
..for your hair to dry
…for your grades to post
…for your movie to download
…for your career to start
…for God to speak. (read more) View Larger

Tom Petty may have said it best, “the waiting is the hardest part.” And while it may not be the hardest, it certainly is not easy. We do not like waiting. Yet it is part of every day  life.

Most of us are experienced in waiting

… for your ride to come

..for your hair to dry

…for your grades to post

…for your movie to download

…for your career to start

…for God to speak. (read more)


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When Martin Luther King Jr., confronted racism in the white church in the South, he did not call on Southern churches to become more secular. Read his sermons and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and see how he argued. He invoked God’s moral law and the Scripture. He called white Christians to be more true to their own beliefs and to realize what the Bible really teaches. He did not say “Truth is relative and everyone is free to determine what is right or wrong for them.” If everything is relative, there would have been no incentive for white people in the South to give up their power. Rather, Dr. King invoked the prophet Amos, who said, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24). The greatest champion of justice in our era knew that antidote to racism was not less Christianity, but a deeper and truer Christianity. (Tim Keller, Reason for God)
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When Martin Luther King Jr., confronted racism in the white church in the South, he did not call on Southern churches to become more secular. Read his sermons and “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and see how he argued. He invoked God’s moral law and the Scripture. He called white Christians to be more true to their own beliefs and to realize what the Bible really teaches. He did not say “Truth is relative and everyone is free to determine what is right or wrong for them.” If everything is relative, there would have been no incentive for white people in the South to give up their power. Rather, Dr. King invoked the prophet Amos, who said, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream” (Amos 5:24). The greatest champion of justice in our era knew that antidote to racism was not less Christianity, but a deeper and truer Christianity. (Tim Keller, Reason for God)

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