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Tales of the Gods

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I never realized how weird my mornings in India were until I moved to the United States. Imagine a skinny six-year-old trying to sleep through the prayer calls of three different religious groups, the first of which started loudly at 4:00AM. I was woken, hot and sticky, by the muezzin singing the adhan to remind Muslims to gather at the local mosque for prayer.

Questioning Power

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My patience, thin and fraying, gave way with a not-so-gentle snap. My hands steered the misplaced, unfocused student back to her desk while my brain frantically tried to manage the multiple tasks occupying its own scattered focus. Distraction soon led my gaze back to the wayward second grader. Her head was bent over her desk, and her back shook with silent sobs. I left the papers I had been trying to grade and came to her side.

“What’s wrong, Lisa?”

Sabbath Sermon: The Book of Ruth

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Our passage today is found in Ruth 1:1-18 (NASB).

According to the Jewish historian Josephus, Judges and Ruth were originally numbered together as one book. I find that very interesting because the two books are so different. The Book of Judges is about bloodshed, war, and strife. It also contains some of the most memorable stories in all of Scripture, not to mention numerous Old Testament heroes like Gideon with his trumpets and Samson with his hair.

The Grace of Not Knowing

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The Hollywood Adventist Church has had a slogan for the past 8 years which you can still see on our website. It reads, “Where God’s Spirit is given space to change lives.” This is the most significant piece of theology that I have ever encountered at a Seventh-day Adventist Church. This statement predates my ministry in Hollywood by 3 years and when I first read it I wondered, “Is this wishful thinking, or is this truly what this church believes and embodies?”

Sunday: The Abundance of Your Steadfast Love

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This is part four in a four-part special Easter weekend series.

Click here to read part one, "Friday's Fast."
Click here to read part two, "Saturday: Looking Back."
Click here to read part three, "Saturday: Looking Forward."

Saturday: Looking Forward

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This is part three in a four-part special Easter weekend series.

Click here to read part one, "Friday's Fast."
Click here to read part two, "Saturday: Looking Back."
Click here to read part four, "Sunday: The Abundance of Your Steadfast Love."

Saturday: Looking Back

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This is part two in a four-part special Easter weekend series.

Click here to read part one, "Friday's Fast."
Click here to read part three, "Saturday: Looking Forward."
Click here to read part four, "Sunday: The Abundance of Your Steadfast Love."

Friday's Fast

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This is part one in a four-part special Easter weekend series.

Click here to read part two, "Saturday: Looking Back."
Click here to read part three, "Saturday: Looking Forward."
Click here to read part four, "Sunday: The Abundance of Your Steadfast Love."

Have you ever heard of the madman who on a bright morning lighted a lantern and ran to the market-place calling out unceasingly: ‘I seek God! I seek God!’ As there were many people standing about who did not believe in God, he caused a great deal of amusement.

The Disciplines as Discipleship

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Acts 4:13 records the reaction of those who encountered the disciples after Jesus’ ascension: “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”

Sabbath Sermon: Palms, Parties, and Tony Campolo

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For centuries, Christians around the world have celebrated Palm Sunday in memory of Jesus’ triumphal entry recorded in Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-44, and John 12:12-19. Where possible, believers have paired their celebratory Hosannas with festive palm fronds.

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