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Nicodemus came to Jesus (John 3) at night for what seemed to be the purpose of adulation and possible private spiritual conversation.  At the outset, he wanted to acknowledge his admission that Jesus must certainly be on God’s side given the miracles and great deeds he had performed (verse 2).  Jesus, famous for passing the […]

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The scripture tells us to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14).  Jesus said that peacemakers are blessed people (Matthew 5:9).  Shalom (peace) is one of the richest Hebrew terms in the Bible.  Shalom is peace that leads to or is evidenced by wholeness.  Peace is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).  Peace is […]

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This is a time when people are praying not only for personal things of which we are typically inclined, but for political things that are to the fore of public life right now.  The natural inclination is to try to ascertain how to pray and for what to pray at times like these- unsettling political […]

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