Category Archives: Wake Up Calls

Essential Oils, Part II ~ Midnight Cries and Empty Lamps

Last week I borrowed the term “essential oils” and used it to introduce a brief look at one of Jesus’ parables found in Matthew 25:1-13. The story involves ten bridesmaids and centered on the failure of half of them to … Continue reading

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The Oil that Really Is “Essential” ~ Part I

Well, I should probably begin by establishing my credibility to deal with the subject of essential oils. From my earliest days growing up on a small family farm, I was familiar with the vital place that various oils occupied in … Continue reading

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A Love the Poets Ignore

In listening to popular Christian music, I hear the word “love” a lot–not a surprising thing, given who they’re singing about. God’s unrelenting, unconditional, indescribable, and overwhelming love for us seems to be a prevailing theme throughout the genre. In … Continue reading

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The “Resurrection Report” ~ What It Means to Both Sides

The impact of Biblical issues that we have heard so often, and always in the same context, can be diminished because they’re so familiar . . . even those issues associated with our Easter celebrations. For that reason, seeing them … Continue reading

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Resurrection ~ Nothing to Brag About

In last week’s post, “Resurrection ~ No Happy Ending Without It,” we took a brief look at an event that took place during the closing days of Jesus’ life and ministry. Before leaving that event, there’s at least one other … Continue reading

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Whose Mission Is It Really?

When we see the kinds of challenges facing our country these days, it’s tempting sometimes just to give up. I’m not surprised that some people have quit watching or reading news reports altogether. We may not know exactly what shocking … Continue reading

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