Author Archives: jesustrek

The Passover

As the Lord prepared to deliver his people, the Israelites, out of bondage in Egypt, he sent a series of plagues upon the Egyptian people. The last, and most terrible, of these ten plagues was to kill the firstborn sons … Continue reading

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Love Does Not Envy

Many preachers have to fight against the sin of envy. It is easy to fall into the trap of comparing your ministry with those of your fellow ministers. For example, when preachers meet, it doesn’t take long for the question … Continue reading

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Affecting the Others

COVID-19 has shut down another sports team. The Duke men’s basketball team has pulled out of the ACC tournament, ending their season. One of their walk-on players tested positive for the virus. Just losing one player who had a very … Continue reading

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Heavy Lifting

Railroad workers recently left some railroad ties along the track behind our house in preparation for some upcoming repairs. Being a man, of course I wondered if I could lift one of them. I could not. I couldn’t even pick … Continue reading

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Mister No More

After having manufactured Mr. Potato Head for 70 years, Hasbro has decided to make a change. They are going to a gender-neutral name. He (it?) will now be known simply as Potato Head. Apparently, having a Mrs. Potato Head to … Continue reading

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Be Careful What You Cancel

Cancel culture has claimed its latest victim—the late Dr. Seuss. It was recently announced that several books from the hugely popular author of children’s books will no longer be published. The reason given was that these books were racist. I … Continue reading

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Shining Through

A little girl regularly sat in church next to stained glass windows with pictures of St. Matthew, St. Peter, and St. John. She was always fascinated by the way the light shone through in such a brilliant manner. One day … Continue reading

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Tough Journey

Sometimes people get the idea that living for Jesus is an easy life and that those who follow Christ will always have smooth sailing. A close examination of the Scriptures will show us that this is not the case at … Continue reading

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Open Doors

We usually think of open doors as opportunities where all the obstacles have been removed. Sometimes that is indeed the case. You get a job offer out of the blue, no interview necessary. You find just the kind of car … Continue reading

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Cheap Grace

“Cheap grace is preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.”—Dietrich Bonhoeffer. These words are just as true today as they were when they were uttered several … Continue reading

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