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“The Misplaced Passion of Spectator Religion” (Jonah 4 sermon)

On this Father’s Day, many of us are remembering our dads — whether they are still with us, or like my dad, have gone on to be with the Lord. I can remember my father sitting in his recliner, watching … Continue reading

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“YOU give them something to eat!”

“But Jesus said to them, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’” (Matthew 14:16) Although the gathering of the multitude before Jesus that day was unusual in a sense, in another way it is … Continue reading

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People Aren’t “Interruptions”

“When He went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14) In this passage, Jesus had just heard about the tragic death of John the Baptist at the hands of Herod, … Continue reading

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Compassion, Not Criticism

“But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, ‘Look, Your disciples do what is not lawful to do on a Sabbath.’”  (Matthew 12:2) “When (they) saw … they said …”.  Seeing, and then being critical, was a mark … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, by Rosaria Butterfield

I’ll just say it up front: The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert is one of the most compelling books I have ever read. The title leads one to think that it will give the reader a peek into the … Continue reading

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Have You Learned Compassion?

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire compassion and not sacrifice.’” (Matthew 9:13) If Jesus told you to go and learn something, don’t you think it would be important to do so?  Here Jesus tells a group of … Continue reading

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“The Disciple’s Character: Mercy” (Matthew 5:7 sermon)

Several years ago, a man and his wife were traveling on the Interstate Highway in Florida, when their car broke down. The next exit was 40 miles away, and there had been a rash of highway robberies, so no one … Continue reading

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He Longs To Be Gracious!

Isaiah 30:18 must be one of the most encouraging verses in all of the word of God: “Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.” God had spent … Continue reading

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“Second-hand Cares?”

Job evidences one of the signs of his righteousness in 30:25, “Have I not wept for the one whose life is hard? Was not my soul grieved for the needy?” I wonder how many of us could really say this … Continue reading

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If I Were In Your Place

One of the striking statements of the book of Job is found in 16:4, where Job tells his “friends”: “I too could speak like you, if I were in your place.” It should cause each of us to ponder the … Continue reading

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