Where There is No Vision

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Where there is no Vision Roger Daniel Pro. 29:18 says: “Where there is no vision the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.” This is the verse we here quoted when the pastor launches the building program. Seriously, it is usually interpreted to stress the importance of foresight in the work of God – the ability … Read More

Celebrating Christmas

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The Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol is a classic — one that continues to be retold, most recently in 3-D. The central character is a less-than-loveable old man named Scrooge whose most famous line is “Bah, humbug.” In my lifetime I have met a few people like Scrooge — those dear folks who delight in raining on the Christmas parade. They … Read More

From the Mouths of Babes

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When my daughter Carmen was almost 3 years old, we lived in Sacramento, California. At that age she was beginning to explore her new world and into a lot of things. But we did not put away our figurines and “whatnots” – we taught her not to touch them. For the most part she was obedient and never bothered them. But … Read More

Lottery Winners Who Lost it All

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Lots of folks play the lottery with dreams of winning it all. What are the odds of winning? You are more likely to be killed by a vending machine (1-112 million), die from being left-handed (1-4.4 million), being born with 11 fingers and toes (1-11,500), getting killed by fireworks (1-616,488), dating a super model (1-88,000), or being killed by a mountain … Read More

Light in Goshen

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Roger Daniel   As I woke the morning after writing the article, American Idol, the Spirit whispered to me, “Don’t forget Goshen.” I had focused primarily on the ten plagues as judgments against Egypt’s gods and the implications of that for today. The Lord was reminding me there was more to the story. Goshen was a region in Egypt of … Read More

American Idol

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A close examination of the Old Testament texts reveals a familiar pattern in the manner in which God deals with the nations. When God acts in judgment, He frequently judges the gods of the nation he is judging. One of the most prominent instances of this occurred in Exodus when God visited 10 plagues upon the gods of the Egyptians. Ex. 12:12-13: … Read More

No Cash for my Clunker

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In the mid 70’s my clunker crashed and I needed to buy a new car. For me, “new” was a late model Oldsmobile Cultlass (the hottest car in America in those days) with low mileage and clean from bumper to bumper. Having studied Kelley’s Bluebook, I knew the price the private seller offered was $600 below the dealer’s best price. … Read More

Does Perfect Love Cast Out all Fear?

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The simple answer is “no.” That’s not bad because some fear is good. I am afraid of a rattlesnake. I am afraid to cross in front of a moving train. I am afraid to drink poison. I am afraid to climb over the safety rail on top of the mountain. You get the idea. But doesn’t the Bible say, “Perfect … Read More

Severe Mercy

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“In wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk. 3:2) We often think of God’s judgment as the antithesis of mercy. Rightly understood, judgment may actually be one of the greatest expressions of God’s mercy.  Malcolm Smith described judgment as “a tourniquet applied by a loving God to keep a hemorrhaging world from bleeding to death.” Sometimes God steps in to save us from … Read More

Number Your Days

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In her book, Jesus, Life Coach, Laurie Beth Jones tells of a married couple that received the devestating news that the wife had cancer and only a few months to live. Knowing her time was brief, she began to live with clarity and uncommon passion. As her time drew near, her husband mustered the courage to ask her, “Honey, how do … Read More