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PILGRIM’S PROGRESS

1500 years ago the church father, Augustine, wrote his classic work – The City of God.   He compared the worldly “city” founded by Cain’s descendants with “the City of God” belonging to believers. 300 years ago an imprisoned British preacher named John Bunyan wrote a book called Pilgrim’s Progress.  It’s the story of a man named Christian who sets out from…

FAMILY FEUDS

Esther Pauline Friedman entered the world 17 minutes ahead of her twin sister, Pauline Esther Friedman. The identical twins dressed alike, took the same classes, even shared the same purse with one set of keys, one comb, one lipstick.  They slept in the same twin bed. In fact, the first time they were separated was after their double wedding. The middle-aged Esther…

“LET MY PEOPLE GO!”

Back in the 60’s when most TVs were still in black and white, lots of folks gathered around the tube on Sunday evenings to watch The Fugitive, starring the late David Jansen.  (Harrison Ford played the movie role many years later.)  The story-line followed a young doctor, wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of his wife, fleeing from a zealous…

THE HUMILIATION AND EXALTATION

The Bible teaches us about the two natures in Christ.  Our Savior is not two Christs, but One – the God-Man – not half-God and half-Man – but totally God and totally, sinless Man in One Person.  In the womb of the virgin Mary, God the Son took to Himself a perfect human nature. So we speak of the two natures in Christ. The Bible also teaches us about the two…

NEVER GIVE UP

The psalmist called out in some dark night of his soul:  “How long, O Lord? Will You hide yourself forever?” (Psalm 89:46  EHV). It may seem at times, amid personal perils and challenges, that our prayers come back stamped with “return to sender.”   Jesus once told a little parable says Luke, “about the need to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1-8…