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Andy Rupert
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When God hates your music
When Amos prophesied to Israel, God was sick and tired of the way Israel was living. Bribes had replaced justice, the poor and needy were oppressed and violence and robbery were commonplace. It was if they did not know to do right. It was to these people th...

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When the king demands silence
Most of the book of Amos is geared toward Israel's coming judgment because of their rebellion against God. If you are looking for a book to pick you up in the morning, it may not be the first one on the list. But God often includes surprises within even boo...

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That other verse...
Disney's Pollyanna movie incorporated the idea that "happy verses" were much more important than judgment, fire, and brimstone. In the movie, the town's pastor had the habit of preaching on judgment every Sunday and making life miserable for all the town fo...

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Speaking the truth in love
Have you ever been confronted by someone about something you needed to change in your life? That may not be a memory you enjoy remembering. If it was someone you did not know, it might have been difficult to take. "Who does he think he is? He hardly knows m...

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Modern Day Epistles
In 2 Peter 3:1-2, Peter reminds his readers that he had written two letters to them. These were not ordinary letters to home (as you can tell by reading both of them) but were epistles. Do you know what an epistle is? Here is what one researcher says about ...

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We need what?
At breakfast I had a political conversation about the incoming president. It has been interesting to hear what maddens the media about him. They believe that his business may distort his decisions. They believe that the Russians are on his side. At the conc...

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Culture and Clothing
Ever since the garden of Eden, God has had an opinion on the way people dress. From the animal skins used to cover Adam and Eve to the garments worn by priests, God has prescribed modesty as his people clothing style. But what about today? Does God care how...

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It Depends...
While reading Daniel 4, I couldn’t help but notice the compassionate response Daniel had toward King Nebuchadnezzar (4:19). If you recall, the king had a dream which foretold his coming judgment because of his pride. The king (who apparently wrote this chap...

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Where am I?

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Why does He still love us?
Have you ever read something that affected you in equally opposite emotions? This was my response to Ezekiel 16. In this passage, God describes to Jerusalem His great love for her people and their subsequent turning away into spiritual adultery. The descrip...
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