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Blessing In Diversity

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I started in vocational ministry in 1999.  Like most people, since that time I have had some experiences that have shaped who I am and the things I believe.  One of the hardest things I’ve gone through and seen in many churches is a division between opposing convictions.  In my role this usually plays out in what we call “Worship Wars”, but it is not limited to this topic.  I’ll use it as an example for now.  A worship war is when one person believes one worship style is correct and another person believes a different worship style is correct.  Now I could start getting into a lot of different topics at this point, but where I want to go is Romans 14.

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But Even If He Doesn’t

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Read Daniel 3

I love the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  It’s a great story to share with kids when explaining God’s might and ability to overcome circumstances.  It’s also a great story to remind adults that God will come through in the perfect moment.  

There’s a 3rd reason I love this story and I’ve been processing through it today.

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You Give Me Love

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Not much in life is guaranteed, but the Bible is clear that tough times will come our way.  Job loss.  A family member passes away.  Our kids struggle in life.  Our car breaks down.  We don’t get the promotion. Our other car breaks down.  Divorce.  Sometimes our lives can feel like the proverbial country song.  

There is not one of us who haven’t, at some level, gone through difficult seasons.  No doubt some are more difficult than others, but nonetheless we all go through these seasons.

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His Faithful Love Endures Forever

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Read Psalm 136

Psalm 136 is a passage I’ve read many times before.  You probably have too.  I have to admit, most times I read it I skip the lines that say His faithful love endures forever so that I can read it faster.

I recently read this passage again but read every line.  This time the tediousness of the repeated line caused me to wonder why the writer would write His faithful love endures forever over and over again.  As I pondered that question it struck me that many of the lines in this Psalm are reminders of what God had done for the Israelites.  He brought Israel out of Egypt.  He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm.  Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea.  He led Israel safely through, but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea.

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