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A Sense of Gods Presence | Ann Spangler, Sitting At The Feet Of Rabbi Jesus

A Sense of God’s Presence

A Sense of God’s Presence

To many people in the modern world, God seems remote and unconcerned, living light years away in another dimension called “Heaven.” Does God, the Creator of the entire universe, honestly care about our infinitesimally small problems? Most of us would say yes because we know that’s the way we should answer the question. But we

El Roi Is the God Who Sees Me

She [Hagar] gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi [the “well of the Living One who sees me”]. — Genesis 16:13–14 (NIV) In the ancient

Wicked Smart: The Story of Abigail

Though his head is large, it seems like wasted space for a man who thinks only of the smallest things — like whether the latest delicacy has been properly prepared or his new robe is quite to his liking. Easily displeased, Nabal soothes himself with wine and pleasant food. Year after year, as his head grows emptier, his waist

Imagine Having a Relationship with Your Enemy

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. – Colossians 3:13 John Paul Lederach has spent most of his life pursuing peace in some of the most troubled regions of the world — Somalia, Columbia, Nepal, and Northern Ireland, to name

Turbulent Peace: I Am With You Always

Peter and the other disciples were huddled together behind a door bolted hard against their fear. He wondered whether the religious leaders who had crucified Jesus two days earlier might soon be coming for him. But instead of the terror and despair that had filled him for the last two days, Peter felt a growing

Proverbs 29:25

Speak the Truth in Loving Confrontation

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe. — Proverbs 29:25 Nathan loved David, the king of Israel. The proof of this love was in Nathan’s allegiance to the monarch and his sincere attempts to encourage the king, even to the point of affirming his ideas of

Immanuel, God With Us

The Name The name Immanuel appears twice in the Hebrew Scriptures and once in the New Testament. In Greek, it is rendered Emmanouel. One of the most comforting of all the names and titles of Jesus, it is literally translated with us is God or, as Matthew’s Gospel puts it, God with us. When our sins made it impossible

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