Lighthouses: How Believers Serve as Beacons to the World

“You are the light of the world. …let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16, ESV) In Cape Elizabeth, Maine, is a picturesque lighthouse, called the Portland Headlight. It was the first funded by the newly formed …

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You Can’t Tell It Till You Eat It: What Ezekiel and Revelation Teach About Prophetic Ministry

Sometimes God asks His messengers to do peculiar things. For example, In Isaiah 20, the prophet was required to walk about barefoot and naked for three years as a sign against Egypt and Ethiopia. Hosea was told to marry a prostitute to illustrate God’s relationship with the errant Israelites (Hos. 1). And Ezekiel had to …

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Destroying the Temple: The Self-destructive Sin of Tobacco Consumption

I grew up in a rural Midwestern community in the second half of the twentieth century. Back in those days, tobacco use was everywhere. My relatives smoked pipes, cigars and cigarettes; classmates chewed tobacco. Movie and television stars puffed unashamedly away on screen. Magazines and TV shows were peppered with advertisements promoting the habit. And …

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Indescribable Peace

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7, ESV) A lot of people like to claim promises from the Bible, but fail to check the context to see if those promises are conditional or not. Many popular quotes come from Scripture passages …

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