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Soil Samples

Jesus offered a parable about the types of soil farmers find in casting seed. He then explained the parable. Those who hear God’s word are the soil and the quality of the soil defines the fruitfulness of a teaching ministry. As context, Jesus was preaching God’s word and was finding mixed responses from the crowds. […]

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Loving God at Christmas

Christmas is just a day away. It’s hard to believe that! Yet it’s impossible to ignore the bright lights and familiar melodies of Christmas that are everywhere. For me this time of year generates mixed feelings. I love the days leading up to Christmas, the anticipation of fun & tasty family traditions and restful moments […]

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God in Skin

This post was originally written for ‘extratime‘ part of the Evangelical Movement of Wales’ Aberystwyth Conference.  ————————————— “You don’t need to be alone… It’s real love.“ So says John Lewis / Tom Odell / John Lennon! I’m certain that this is the love we all want. The love that we all spend our lives, time and money trying […]

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Consumer Sheep Consumer Shepherd

I have seen a lot written about consumerism in the church, but it always seems to focus on the sheep. Churches feel increasingly pressured to vie for the loyalty of attenders by means of tailored worship experiences, styles of preaching, and so on. Meanwhile, as churches give the best fare they can generate, the majority […]

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Faithful

An unlikely Old Testament hero—the African eunuch, Ebed-melech—offers us a model of courage. We first meet him in Jeremiah 38 when he rescued Jeremiah. The prophet was in trouble—discarded to die in a muddy cistern—until Ebed-melech acted. In the rescue this African’s faith invites admiration and imitation. And through his story we gain another facet […]

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Longing for Home

Have you ever felt homesick? You know that feeling that something is missing, as if a part of you is no longer there. With these feelings you may become easily distracted, little things remind of you what or who is missing in your life, you start to think about the next time you’ll get be […]

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Why would God Wipe Tears?

It is a famous biblical phrase, but have we stopped to consider what it is saying?   “The Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces…” Isaiah writes this in what you might call the “song of the banquet hall.” Let’s consider the context before we probe the point I want to underline in this […]

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Faithful Husband, Unfaithful Bride

This post has been written by Gretchen, a great friend of Cor Deo. Gretchen has attended Cor Deo Intensives in Portland, OR, and we really appreciate her comments on the site. ———————————– Just a few words of a telephone conversation, overheard quite by accident, changed my life forever. Why? Because they were the words of my […]

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Reading Rightly

Sound hermeneutics—the principles of interpretation—are crucial to effective Bible study. Good interpretation offers a reliable grasp of the meaning of a given text and a proper sense of how to apply it. This interpretive work comes as part of a Bible college education. Graduates ideally go on to coach church members in sound Bible study. […]

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The Legacy of Everyday Moments

Jesus is impressive. I know this is obvious to many of us and maybe you’re thinking (with a hint of sarcasm), “Of course he is, Jesus is God!”   I could use the space of this blog to list all the ways he elicits the response “Awesome!” However, there’s one particular aspect of his character that […]

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