Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:12–13 (NIV) It is most likely a mistake to presume that the time in which we are living is…

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Sheep among Wolves

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Matthew 10:16, NIV) A pastor said recently, “… It is hard right now, feeling like you are walking on eggshells on all sides. At times one is afraid to speak or even to ask questions…

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“But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God…” (John 1:12, AMP) These days, many people are talking about privilege. We hear people railing against ‘white privilege’ or ‘economic privilege,’ but they are overlooking the greatest privilege of all. ‘White privilege,’…

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“When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11:3, CSB) It is too early to determine if the foundations have been destroyed, but certainly, they are undergoing a great shaking. While studying and meditating upon the Scripture, it was interesting to come across a wide range of reactions and interpretations. Some commenters…

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The question of the hour is: “Are you ready?” “Ready for what,” someone might ask? I would reply that I am not sure, but it does not require prophetic insight to see that we are living in unsettling times. I speak from the perspective of someone who has lived relatively sheltered from the turmoil that…

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And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers… (Malachi 4:6, CSB) With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, I am taking a break from addressing the current issues of the day to reflect upon fatherhood and to celebrate fathers, especially my father who remains…

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Unity and diversity

“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” (Proverbs 10:19, NLT) “… let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” (1 John 3:18, NLT) It is no longer enough to not be racist. In today’s climate we are told that we…

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“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2, NIV)   News of the killing of George Floyd spread quickly around the world last week. Pastors and church leaders everywhere spoke out to condemn the actions of the Minneapolis police officer who pinned George’s neck to the…

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“You are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are Christ’s letter, delivered by us…” (2 Corinthians 3:2–3, CEB) You do not have to spend very much time with someone to discover what things are the most important to them. We cannot easily hide what we treasure…

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We were honored to hear a presentation from Dani Womack, the Founder and Executive Director of City Hope in La Mesa California. Dani started City Hope in 2017 and the organization embodies the core values of E4 Ministry Network. Dani gave us an overview of what she does here in Southern California. City Hope trains…

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