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It is not only Jesus’ silence that seems to be a problem in Matthew 15. It is also the words He used when He spoke to the woman. His first words were, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel,” and He followed that “politically incorrect” statement with the explanation, “It is not right … Read more

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Throughout the ages, humanity has been concerned with the nature of the relationship between actions in this world and their consequences here… Read more

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Last week I spoke about what happened in Holland in 1940. The Dutch people remained under the cruel Nazi regime for five years. But in the mid… Read more

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There’s a coin shortage. That’s strange. I can’t ever recall of that happening before, at least over my time on earth. The anonymous “they” sa… Read more

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In our faith tradition, the Catholic Funeral Rite is an essential part of the grieving process. It brings us together as a community so we can… Read more

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Nothing troubled the religious leaders of Israel more than becoming ceremonially unclean, and nothing made them more unclean than contact with… Read more

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Felis Catus...the common, domestic, house cat. They descended from wild cats that inhabited the Fertile Crescent some 7,500 years ago, and tha… Read more

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We said in part: The black man must ever be grateful to the white man, for he has manifested great courage and self-sacrifice in behalf of the… Read more

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Keeping secrets has always been a trial for those knowing. It hasn’t been a picnic either for those out of the knowing. Secrets generate tensi… Read more

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In the following passages, Shoghi Effendi Rabbání (the Zeal of the Lord), the Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, delineates the basic pattern of Ba… Read more

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The last of the three conversations in Matthew 15.1-20 is between Jesus and His disciples, and it seems to have been private. The disciples co… Read more

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In the World Order of Bahá’u’lláh, prejudice is regarded as a perilous disease; it is utterly alien to the spirit of the new teachings, to the… Read more

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The point of Matthew 15 as a whole is that the kingdom of God is for Gentiles as well as Jews because Christianity rests on an entirely differ… Read more

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Right now in our nation we’re future oriented, and that not necessarily in a good sense. We want a cozy future where everything is neat and cl… Read more

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When I was a young man in the Air Force, a mentor of mine suggested that I read a book called “The Pilgrim’s Progress.” I had heard of the boo… Read more

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It’s been said that, “Change is the only constant anymore.” Most of us would agree. Read more

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Everything Jesus said seems radical to us because Jesus is God and God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are his ways our ways. Yet it is p… Read more

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Another example of misconceptions prevalent among the Báb’s and Bahá’u’lláh’s contemporaries was the belief that at the time of the advent of … Read more

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“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dism… Read more

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In the recent surge of racial tension, an odd and untrue idea has been circulating. The Christian religion is now claimed to be the cause of r… Read more

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We see the next step in Jesus’ teaching when He walks on the Sea of Galilee and allows Peter to walk on the water too (Matthew 14.22-36). This… Read more

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It’s the near impossible four letter word. How can I love those around me when they believe stuff I can’t stomach; when they provoke me on the… Read more

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What is the destiny of God’s Messengers? Do the prophecies indicate that the Redeemer of our age will be denied and persecuted again? History … Read more

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Jesus was building on natural anxiety and the awareness that it is God who supplies our daily bread when he told those of His day, “I am the b… Read more

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I like westerns, and now, with all the monkey-business going on around us, viewing a good western offers some relief. It’s not that these icon… Read more

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In spiritual matters we can do nothing apart from Jesus Christ (Jn.15.5) – “apart from me you can do nothing.” Read more

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I’m reminded of Bob Dylan’s song lyric “You know somethin’ happening, but you don’t know what it is. Do you, Mr. Jones?” (“Ballad of the Thin … Read more

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As I write this article, I'm looking out our dining room window at the new day filled with wind. It's jerking our trees around, laying our flo… Read more

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A letter to a fellow pastor and friend from John Newton – former slave and slave-ship captain, “glad preacher” of the Gospel and author of Ama… Read more

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In a sermon I preached soon after our church ‘reopened’, at the beginning of last month (June 7) and I entitled it, “Assembling Together”, I u… Read more

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Religion is One This is the changeless Faith of God, eternal in the past, eternal in the future. Bahá’u’lláh Though called by many and differe… Read more

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In Deuteronomy 7:9 The Living Bible (TLB), it says, Read more

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In Matthew 14.13, after the death of John the Baptist “Jesus withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.” Matthew 14-16 can be appropriate… Read more

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I’m old school, and it came home to me loud and clear recently, when I was the only one at a large funeral wearing a suit and tie. Well, not e… Read more

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Women throughout the ages have not received their due share in education, economic security, and in the opportunity and freedom to cultivate a… Read more

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They are the necessary outlines of reality. They help us identify shapes and forms; they give us a perspective on our surroundings and keep us… Read more

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In Philippians 4:19 New King James Version (NKJV), we read, Read more

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What a collection of characters we have encountered in this story: Read more

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Water. It’s the miracle liquid. Here you have hydrogen and oxygen combining to make this one, colorless and marvelously essential for life. Read more

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From Romans 3:23 New King James Version (NKJV), we read Read more

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Matthew 14 teaches us several things about John’s character. Mark makes the point that John was a righteous man, explaining that “Herodias nur… Read more

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