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Coffee Stains: Bottom Feeders

Once I was watching the weather on the evening news when I got bothered. Our friendly weatherman had just informed us that through four or…

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Coffee Stains: Make Up Your Feeble Mind

Rules for Making Good Decisions I teased a friend once, a friend who was having a terrible time deciding what to order at the restaurant,…

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Coffee Stains: God Dreams

This week I want to do something different in Coffee Stains. Usually I share with you from my vast wells of wisdom (I hear you giggling and…

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Coffee Stains: Plantn’ Corn Wantn’ Peas

It was the strangest thing I ever saw. I didn’t usually wander by there but this day I decided to take a different way and there he…

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Coffee Stains: God’s Heart Exposed

David was at that point in life where he was dreaming great dreams for his kids. He had killed his giants and conquered his kingdoms. That…

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Coffee Stains: Cowboy Dave

Recently I was invited to a church which was having a special Western theme that particular Sunday morning. ‘You can dress Western, if…

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Coffee Stains: Revenge of the Yip Yip Dogs!

A little story that I told on a recent Sunday morning provoked a reaction among some dog owners, and for that I want to redeem myself by…

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Coffee Stains: Poor Old Me!

Poor Old Me ! The weather is cold and nasty, The rain””just look at it fall! The sky is gray and leaden. Sad winter has engulfed us…

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Coffee Stains: Jump In!

Once, way back when, when I first met that lovely vision who became my wife, I had a dream. ‘Another dream? C’mon David.” I…

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Coffee Stains: Lady in the forest

The young man spotted her just up ahead on a forest trail that veered off to his right. He ran towards her slowing as he approached. Oh, she…

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Coffee Stains: My Name in Lights

My high school football career nearly reached its zenith my senior year when I got my name in the local paper two weeks in a row””each…

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Coffee Stains: How to Hurt Someone

We pray for power. Maybe we ought to pray for compassion first because compassion paves the way for miracles ____________________ I had one…

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Coffee Stains: The Worst Singers

Once I started a church here in Europe and right from the start the second-worst female singer in the world joined us. The worst followed…

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Coffee Stains: The Three Clocks

I stayed in an apartment this past weekend that had three clocks. The one in the bedroom proudly announced that the time was 12:50. The one…

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Coffee Stains: Public Opinion

“I could care less what they think!” You ever said that? You were probably lying weren‘t you? It seems most of us care much more…

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Facing A Debilitating Illness

Luke 13:10-17 10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for…

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Dark Safety

I can still picture it clearly, though I was probably about five-years-old at the time. Standing on the back porch between my parents, I…

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New Motherhood Lessons from Ancient Mommas

Motherhood, it seems, is one long series of lessons held in the often chaotic classroom of daily living. Children are not the only learners…

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Was it cruel for Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away?

In Genesis 21:14, Abraham sends Hagar and Ishmael away into the desert. Yet Abraham was not sending them to die of thirst there. He gave…

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Getting too comfortable in Egypt?

Exodus opens where Genesis leaves off: Jacob and his family settled in Egypt (Exod 1:1-5), and Joseph and his generation died (1:6).…

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Are Spiritual Gifts for Today?

Paul declares that we are the body of Christ with many members (Rom 12:4-5; 1 Cor 12:12, 20). He then elaborates on some of the varied gifts…

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Beating a tyrant at his own game

The unscrupulous Pharaoh, determining to act shrewdly (NRSV, ESV) with God’s people, planned to kill their infants through the Hebrews’ own…

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Moses as a third-culture kid

Did Moses know that he was a Hebrew? Contrary to some of the movies we see (including my beloved Prince of Egypt!), he presumably did. In…

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The Banquets of Two Kingdoms

Matthew’s narratives often concretely illustrate his teachings elsewhere. In Matthew 14:1-12, Herod Antipas executes John the Baptist. In so…

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The Hebrews were sinners too

In Exod 2:11-12, Moses killed an Egyptian who was striking one of Moses’s own people. He meant to act for justice. Unfortunately, however,…

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Moses as a refugee

Moses may have thought that killing an Egyptian oppressor was an act of justice, but the Egyptian overlords have different ideas. Once word…

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Settling in a new land

When I travel to speak in various parts of the world, my hosts show me great hospitality. I miss my wife and kids, but otherwise life is…

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Jesus, the Living Word

Modern writers have proposed many valuable aspects of background for the “Word,” but probably the most obvious is what the “Word” was in the…

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God has not forgotten them

When our lives become more comfortable, it’s easy to forget the hardship faced by others, whether through persecution, hunger, injustice or…

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The Kingdom Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13

Many pagans added up as many names of their deities as possible, reminding the deities of all their sacrifices and how the deities were…

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Overcoming Prejudice: The Roman Centurion

The Gentile mission was at most peripheral to Jesus’ earthly ministry: he did not actively seek out Gentiles for ministry (Matt 10:5), and…