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We are the “seed” of God’s image (part 4 of 4), the King

Being the seed of God’s image means we’re to bear “three-dimensional fruit” for holy relationships of love with Him and each other. Biblical prophets bear fruit “top-down” from God, especially to people in positions of authority to care for others … Continue reading

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We are the “seed” of God’s image (part 3 of 4), the Priest

The serious student of Scripture may be interested in what follows, but a lighter true story first might help remind us of how quickly we can fail and how much we need the Lord to make us truly clean for … Continue reading

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We are the “seed” of God’s image (2 of 4), the Prophet

About 30 years ago, just for fun I decided to make some Indian curried chicken and mango chutney.  Although I don’t think I’d ever seen a mango before.  As I ventured into the fruit section of the grocery store and … Continue reading

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We are the “seed” of God’s image (part 1 of 4), Holy for Relationships

If you haven’t read the earlier post, “Life always starts with Seed”, please do.  In it, I introduce the fact that God created us as His seed to live in His image and gives His Word and Spirit as seed … Continue reading

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Life always starts with a Seed

I know.  For most people, that’s probably a no-brainer about plants and other forms of physical life.  But it’s true of spiritual life, too.  Have you ever noticed the pattern and progression of God’s creation in Genesis 1? The Lord … Continue reading

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God provides (a 40-day devotional series)

(In 2017, I wrote this series for the 40 days prior to Easter to prepare our hearts and minds for the significance of Jesus’ resurrection.  I’m reposting the series now for the 40 days after Easter to encourage us to … Continue reading

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Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “…wait for the promise of the Father…”

Most of us long for miracles.  And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs:  complete forgiveness and a new … Continue reading

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Jesus after Easter (a 50-day series), “…speaking about the Kingdom…”

Most of us long for miracles.  And Jesus’ perfect life, death on sinners’ behalf as the fulfillment of Passover, and His physical resurrection prove that He is willing and able to meet our greatest needs:  complete forgiveness and a new … Continue reading

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Counseling as a Person of Understanding (6 of 12), Proverbs 15:21

“No, thanks.  I’m on a mission.”  You’ve probably been there.  But sometimes the distractions and hurdles make it feel ike a scene from Mission Impossible. Shopping as a family comes to my mind. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been in a store, and each member … Continue reading

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Leviticus 2 – “Your work clothes smell fruity!”

Maybe you just wrinkled your nose.  I did. Even though I know the good news I hope to convey today, I also know that work clothes typically don’t smell good. Even after a slow day in the office, my clothes … Continue reading

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The successful garden will be rewarded…and punished (Exodus 1)

Maybe you’ve heard a shorter version.  “The successful will be punished.”  It’s usually said by someone who’s done their work so well that they’re given even more to do.  No break.  No promotion.  Not necessarily even a “thanks”.  Just more. … Continue reading

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Joseph’s fruitful vine: planting, pruning, and plans

All of us enjoy fruit, but few of us love the labor that goes into it.  Planting and pruning, for example, can be a real pain:  breaking up hard ground, bending down in the dirt, sowing seeds that may or … Continue reading

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The book of Ruth: 4 subtle “why’s” that ask for the Answer

Ruth is a favorite among many people.  It grips us by the familiar struggle for security, meaning, and identity.  And we long to know its romance, provision, and eventual overcoming.  Yet, it subtly points to even more good news than … Continue reading

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Noah: “Be fruitful and multiply”. . . again

Last week we looked at the key difference between Cain’s fruit and Abel’s offering. This week, we’re asking why the Lord commanded Man to be fruitful and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28) but later wiped all but one family from the … Continue reading

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Cain and Abel: Are we really sure God wants “fruit”?

If you’ve been following this weekly series, you know we’re studying the metaphor of “fruit” in the Bible.  Specifically, we want to understand what it means to be the fruit of God’s image, because He also calls us bear fruit … Continue reading

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The Heart of God

When I think of God’s heart, I think about my Dad.  Kindness, strength, practical wisdom, commitment, forgiveness, and, most of all, compassion for the lost have marked my Dad’s life.  In fact, today is his 80th birthday. I’m sad that … Continue reading

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