Light of the World

The US Federal Reserve offers an online currency education program whereby the public can study the security features of various dollar bills. Driving this is the idea that the best way to spot counterfeit notes is to be intimately familiar with authentic notes. The better acquainted one is with originals, the less chance there is …

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***Devotional – The Noise of the Storm***

Read: Mark 4:35-41 “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” The disciples stared incredulously at their slumbering Rabbi. How could He rest so peacefully in the midst of this great windstorm? The pounding waves flung water in the boat, and it was all they could do to hang on for dear life. When …

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**Devotional – John’s Struggle**

  Read: Luke 7:18-28 “Doesn’t he know I’m here?” John wondered. “Does he even care?” He’d tried calming the growing anxiety in his followers’ faces. Yet he too was running out of excuses. The unspoken question remained unanswered: why wouldn’t his famous cousin save him? Reports spread of Jesus’ miraculous works throughout the region. But …

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God of New Beginnings: “The Ultimate Reset”

I recently listened to a sermon where the preacher relived his memories of playing video games as a boy. Whenever a game wasn’t going someone’s way, he said, all they had to do was dive for the reset button. And just like that, the playing field was even again. Wouldn’t it be great if life …

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God of New Beginnings: “A People Reborn”

In a stunning fulfillment of prophecy declared 150 years earlier by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 44:28), King Cyrus of Persia proclaimed that God’ people (now broadly known as Jews) should return to their homeland and rebuild God’s temple (Ezra 1:1-4). So up went the tribal leaders, priests and Levites who felt God’s urging to execute …

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