House of Bread: Baked in Self-Pity

[ Part 6: House of Bread: From Lamenting to Bitterness ] Chapter one of Ruth comes to a close with these words: “And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.” This was probably late April or early May. The barley harvest lasted about one month followed by the wheat harvest, which led up to […]

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Yesterday, Today, and Forever

Do you ever think about change, defined as a difference in a state of affairs at different points in time? Philosophers have been debating their various theories since the Presocratics. Remember Heraclitus’ famous statement, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” […]

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In the Mind of a Man

A friend called the other day and asked if the terror attacks in Europe would be altering our plans to go to Prague. Actually, the thought never entered our minds. Earthy security is an illusion, a wishful notion, an impossible quest. The only place where a body and soul are safe and secure is in […]

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Stand Immoveable

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22 Charles Spurgeon comments on this wonderful promise, “He stands firm who stands in God . . . Like pillars, the godly stand immoveable, to the glory of the Great Architect. What’s your burden […]

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Four Words

In his book The Disciplines of Grace, R. Kent Hughes traces out for us the first four commandments, calling them the first four words of grace. He compares them to a beautiful floral bouquet that must be held together for maximum effect. The maximum effect that he refers to is the “sweet power to love […]

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Happy Mother’s Day 2017

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Psalm 127:4 As arrows are shot on a trajectory, they go in one of 2 directions: the way they would go or the way they should go. Charles Bridges, in his wonderful commentary on Proverbs, puts it this way: “An existence […]

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House of Bread: From Lamenting to Bitterness

[Part 5:  House of Bread: Defining Hesed ] What do you say to someone who verbally expresses their love and commitment to you at a time when you desperately need such confirmation? I’ll never forget my pastor walking into the ICU after the doctor told me I should take my mother off life support. At the […]

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House of Bread: Defining Hesed

[Part Four:   House of Bread: The Road Less Traveled ] I’ve always appreciated people who tell it like it is, who have something to say and say it with honesty and courage. The folks who beat around the bush and try to dress their words carefully so they won’t come across as black and white but […]

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I Am Not the Answer

I sat across from a young woman at lunch the other day and listened to her describe her present situation, which was depressing. Although she never declared herself desperate, desperation was as present at the table as the food we shared. Every time I’m in these situations, something inside me wants to fix the problem […]

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House of Bread: The Road Less Traveled

[Part Three:  House of Bread: To Stay or to Go ] In the 1960s, the free love movement came into its own. The movement actually began much earlier—societal shifts don’t happen overnight—with the new and improved child care methods of Dr. Benjamin Spock. Just as the empty promises of laundry detergent companies do nothing to improve […]

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