The Problem of Pain

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I got a migraine last night—I don’t know how. I didn’t miss any of my doses of my preventive medicine, and there’s not a storm coming that I know of. But before the pain med kicked in I was literally in tears. The medicine will dull the throbbing but it will still last two or three days, and can make me sleepy. It’s …

How Far for Some Jack-in-the-Box?

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J is for  justification. Justification is God removing the guilt and penalty of our sin while at the same time declaring us, as sinners, righteous through Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Christ’s righteousness is credited to our account through faith alone. I live between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Justice, in a legal sense, is elusive. Wrongs committed often go unpunished, leading to frustration, …

What Exactly Was Jesus’ Crime?

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The last night of Jesus’ life he ate with his disciples. Judas left to betray him to the Jewish leaders, and then Jesus left to pray. Sometime after midnight He was arrested. Between then and nine (the third hour) the next morning, when he was crucified, he was the defendant in six illegal trials. Before Annas, the former High Priest and father-in-law of …

D. M. Webb’s 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir

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D. M. Webb, a friend of mine, has released 30 Days: A Devotional Memoir. Written after too many deaths and other losses, it is a very personal journey which she has shared to help others. 30 Days is a collection of devotions designed to reach out and uplift especially those who have dealt with death, divorce, and single parenting. But since it …

“We Three Kings Of Orient Are?”

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When Jesus was born, he was visited first by shepherds, and then by what have become known as the “Three Kings.” These men brought gifts to the baby: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. However, the Bible never says there were three, and they are never identified as kings. It has been assumed the since there were three gifts, there must have …

Away in a Manger?

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Every child who has gone to Sunday school in December knows the traditional Christmas story: Mary and Joseph arrive in Bethlehem just in time for Mary to give birth to the baby Jesus. A heartless innkeeper turns away the pregnant woman and her apparent husband, who are then forced to seek refuge in a stable or even a cave. Luke …

Teaching Kids to Tame the Tongue

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This week, my middle-school children faced some disturbing news about one of the adults in their life.  It involved a teacher, and the news came via a recorded phone call from the principal about an hour after school. Within moments, literally, the news went viral on any and all social networks.  (And it amazes me how many there are—far more …