Where can peace be found? (Luke 2:1-7)

Luke 2:1-7

Peace comes in many forms. We long for the day when peace between nations will end all wars. Our hearts ache for reconciliation with those we have become estranged. Nature earnestly awaits the day when her relationship with humanity becomes symbiotic rather than parasitic. Our hearts and minds seek a state of tranquility. Our bodies ache for freedom from deterioration and decay. Can such a peace that fulfills all these types of peace be found?

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Look to the cross and live (Numbers 21:4-9)

Numbers 21:4-9

It was just a lifeless statue on a pole, a brass snake. What good could that do? People were dying. Venomous snakes were biting and killing many in their company. Why did God answer their prayers for deliverance with a fake snake on a pole?

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The better Nazarite (Numbers 6:1-21)

Numbers 6:1-21

Nazarites were supposed to be holy. Samson was not.

When Samson was a boy his mother dedicated him as a Nazarite. Nazarites were not suppose to drink or eat anything that came from the grapevine. They were not allowed to have a razor touch their head. They were not to go near the dead.

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The Wellspring in the Wilderness (Numbers 20:1-13)

Numbers 20:1-13

The Israelites were gunny-sacking. Gunny-sacking occurs when we store up a list of grievances instead of dealing with them in the order they happen. It is a common experience among married people. A sock left on the floor, the cap left off the toothpaste, or a dish filled with dirty dishes becomes the fodder for the argument that erupts. Before long, the couple no longer knows what started it all. It is as if they had been carrying invisible burlap sacks on their shoulders, throwing grievances in, until finally something as small as a toothpaste cap causes the sack to bust and grievances spill all over.

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The Wilderness is not Home (Numbers 11)

Numbers 11

They forgot the wilderness was not their home. About a year earlier, the Lord God rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt. For a year he sustained them before Mount Sinai, providing them with what they needed to survive. The journey had been difficult since leaving Egypt. They left in a rush, with little time to pack. They were chased by Pharaoh’s army. Now the journey was starting to get too long and too arduous.

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The Commonness of Suffering (1 Corinthians 10:13)

1 Corinthians 10:13

This pandemic has made us all do things in new and different ways. There are few corners and crevasses of life that have gone untainted by the virus.

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An Ode to Our Children and Elderly (Psalm 127:3)

Psalm 127:3

Our children and our elderly bless society. Most of us would benefit by recognizing them more.

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Why men and women need each other (Genesis 2:23)

Genesis 2:23

The phrase “suitable helper” in the Bible has been misunderstood. In Genesis 2, the Bible says that out of all the creatures God made, the only suitable helper for the man was the woman.

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We all worship (Psalm 95:6)

Psalm 95:6

Every molecule, subterranean mole, and mote of dust dancing on a sunbeam, God created. Every celestial galaxy, God made. The breath that you take as you read these words would not be possible, unless God made it so.

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Generosity in times of scarcity (2 Corinthians 8:1-5)

2 Corinthians 8:1-5

Imagine you were in prison in your twenties. Nothing you did put you there. Your hometown was sacked by a foreign army. You were rounded up with other young men and placed in a prison, waiting for them to ship you off and force you to fight in the very army that imprisoned you. To make matters worse a famine strikes the land. Destined to die by starvation or by sword, a bright light shines into the darkness. Under the veil of night, food appears through the prison bars. You and your friends gobble it up.

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