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The Gospel of Ruth - Ruth

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This week we’re listening for the perspective of Ruth. She enters the story as an outsider yet demonstrates unfailing love… faithfulness… loyalty… mercy… grace… kindness....

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The Gospel of Ruth - Naomi

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Naomi has had it rough! She moves from her home to a foreign land and then her husband and two sons die. Given these circumstances, it would be easy for anyone to lose hope and Naomi did lose hope. Her words are full of despair......

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The Gospel of Ruth - God

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Where is He? Where’s God? In a book planted firmly in the midst of the Old Testament, He should be there…. shouldn’t He? But at first glance, we don’t find Him ...

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Removing the Graveclothes

What if Jesus, after raising Lazarus from the dead, had commanded each strip of grave cloth to become a butterfly? If, on His command, they flew away -- freeing Lazarus? Compared to His resurrection miracle, it would seem to be child’s play. People would have remembered it. More glory for Him. Instead, He gives His followers a simple task. “Take off the grave clothe...

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Naming the Graveclothes

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Close your eyes and watch Lazarus stumbling his way out of the tomb. He’s miraculously alive yet still dragging the things of death. We do that, too. Christ’s death and resurrection gives us new life that is not defined as a journey to death. It’s life lived now in God’s love, to be fully lived when we pass into eternity. Why do we drag the trappings of the grave a...

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Trapped in the Tomb?

Tombs deeply affect Jesus. They move him to tears. His mission in the world is to end the darkness of the tomb for all of His creation. That is incredibly good news for us, yet we turn the celebration into bunnies and chocolate. On Monday morning, we want to roll over, cover our heads, dread the day. Like Martha, we don’t want the tomb opened being sure of the stench....

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Jesus Walks into a Bar and Speaks with a Christian

Jesus tells a Christian: “I always have been and I always will be.” The Christian asks, “What do you mean?” And Jesus replies, “God was looking at His creation and saw that you needed to be saved not only from each other but from yourselves, sin and darkness....

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One of His Own

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Jesus ...

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The Heart of the Matter

What’s your gut reaction to words like Islam, Muslim, Allah, Quran? For most, I believe, it’s fear. How will Islam impact our lives?...

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A God Who Brings Relief!

Jesus teaches that suffering is a result of sin and is the byproduct of life in a broken and sinful world, and can be brought to a God-pleasing end. He teaches that taking on suffering brings redemption....

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