Webster’s 21st Century Dictionary defines the word “preface” as an introductory text. Many books include a preface by the author or editor before the first chapter to set forth the book’s purpose and scope, to express thanks to those who assisted with the book, or to tell a little bit about …

Lazarus was one of Jesus’ best friends. Jesus often stayed in the home of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. Their home and their friendship were a haven for Jesus, a resting place away from the continual demands of the crowds that followed him wherever he went. It is no small blessin…

Prophets, or seers, as they have been called sometimes over the ages, are gifted in a way that is not much recognized these days. They see into another dimension, and experience things that seem foreign to most everyone else, if not downright weird. This gift of seeing, though dismissed as j…

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.

The ancient storytellers, who told the creation story in Genesis around campfires for generations before it was written down, wanted their hearers to know that all that God created is good. The word good is repeated seven times. Special emphasis is given the seventh time, after we human bein…

Have you ever gone to church and heard the pastor say a prayer that kept on going on and on and on? The prayer was so long you stopped listening after less than a minute into it. You thought to yourself, “When is this prayer going to be over?” You began to daydream and think about what you n…

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