Crown of Thorns

One solitary life An anonymous author has written this concerning Jesus: He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant. He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter shop until he was thirty. Then, for three years, he was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He…

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When you’re in a hole & the dirt is getting dumped on you The story is told of a farmer’s donkey who fell into an old, dry well. For hours it cried out as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. He was old, he didn’t have the strength to lift that size…

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Saved by a good physician Everyone loves a good medical mystery—and I’ve got a wild one for you. Jim Malloy role played all kinds of maladies for years as a volunteer for the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Then the day came when he was assigned to role play having an abdominal aortic aneurysm.…

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The God of the Bible is the God of the genome Some of you recognize the name Francis Collins. I want to start with a bit of his story. Collins is a highly intelligent guy who was an atheist, believed that no truth can be found outside of the sciences. But then he went to…

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Hey, friends! Greetings from Presque Isle State Park on Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes. Whenever we can, we want to give you a refreshing setting from which to engage your heart and mind with the Lord.  I hope you had a deeply meaningful Christmas! For this final Sunday of Advent, the season surrounding…

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Good News This Christmas, Too With Christmas just a dozen days from now, for many this is the strangest Christmas in memory. The classic question, “What do you want for Christmas?” has been turned on its head. We want normalcy and good health for all and peace in our minds and workplaces. And that’s why…

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Lost & Found True story: Violet and Sam were deeply in love, out for a walk in the countryside with Violet’s engagement ring sparkling on her finger—her most prized possession. Then the conversation took a turn. One said something that offended the other. Tempers flared, the volume pitched up, and Violet became so enraged that…

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The Believer’s Foundation & Fortress The enduring legacy of lighthouses This week’s message was filmed at the picturesque Pemaquid Point Lighthouse in Bristol, Maine—one of the most frequently visited attractions along the Maine coast, with about 100,000 visitors each year. The name “Pemaquid” is said to have had its origins in an Abenaki Indian word…

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Ecclesiastes series conclusion Getting ready for winter This week’s message was taped at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park. These waves have been crashing ashore since long before we came on the scene, and they will continue doing so long after we are gone. I’ve chosen this setting for our final message from the book…

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Taking in the long view We taped this message from the water’s edge at Otter Cove in Acadia National Park. You can see for miles from this place, as the Atlantic Ocean facing East stretches more than three thousand miles before you reach the shore of Bordeaux in the South of France. With this kind…

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