Geeking About the Psalms: Psalm 13

How Long, O LORD? 1, How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? 2, How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 3, Consider and answer…

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My Pilgrimage to Israel: Walking the Land Jesus Walked

January 4 Today is the day I leave for Israel. It’s for a class as part of my pre-seminary studies and also a pilgrimage. I’m not as nervous as some classmates who’ve never been more than 200 miles from home because I’ve traveled internationally before both in and out of the Army. I signed up…

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The Good Shepherd

Every Christmas season—or rather what I prefer to call the season of Advent (the new church year)—famously begins with Jesus’ birth narrative. My favorite part of the narrative comes from Luke 2:8-14: And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of…

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Error 404: Jesus Not Found

One of my favorite motifs throughout Scripture to preach on is thirst. The Psalms capture it beautifully. “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1-2). Most notable of all…

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Bearing Our Cross

Luke 9:23 is a famous passage Christians use where Jesus says, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Yet this passage is often misinterpreted. Most contend this passage is a generalization about discipleship: That we have to be Christlike in all circumstances. While…

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