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The baby born to suffer....

  It’s Christmas time, but of course, were it were not for the resurrection of Jesus, there would be no celebration of His birth.  And were it not for the execution of Jesus, there would never have been a resurrection.  But again, what about the suffering that He endured for us? Do we look at the cross and the suffering Man on that cross closely and often enough?  Do we see in the baby in the manger for fullness of God’s purpose and redemptive love?   Last week I wrote about how I considered the suffering of Jesus as He was scourged prior to the crucifixion.  The image of the incredible torture He endured is something we tend to speak...

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The Back of Jesus...

  Shroud of Turin   The shroud of Turin, the burial cloth that is believed to bear the “negative photographic” image of the crucified Christ,  is something I have wondered about since I first heard about.  And from what I have read, seen and heard to prove its authenticity, consider me a believer.   But I never saw the under half of the shroud, which showed the back of Jesus, until last night at a friend’s house.  It was horrible to behold,  and I now believe, more than before, that this is no hoax or medieval attempt to fool the faithful.    The image of that back caused me to put my hand to my mouth in shock, and haunted...

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Dean is Visiting France

Dean is now in France sharing our camp with 2020 Campers, LITs, IAP and Staff! Here is his schedule: November 30, Paris Meeting at home of Armand Lefebure December 1, Lille Meeting at the home of Valerie Plamont December 2, Lille Home of Honore family December 3, Near Versailles Meeting at home of Salle family December 4, Lyon Home of Gonin family December 5, Marseilles —OPEN— December 6, Marseilles Home of deDinechin family December 7, Versailles Home of LaCourt family December 8, Lille Home of Honore family December 9, Nantes Home of Carol Godon family December 10, Tours Home of Koch family December 11, Versailles Home of Grosjean family December 12, Toulouse Home of de Soos family December 13, Saint...

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Being of use to God or trying to use God?

  Most of you reading this devotion would join me in agreeing that we believe in God and that  we trust that He uses His hand in history to work “all things together towards good”.  We say this, but what do believe this when bad “things” that are happening to us? Do we still hold that lofty notion that “He is sovereign”, when torments comes to our  emotional life (consider the prophet Jeremiah), or do we  whine, worry, fret, or (worse) go on the attack by suggesting that someone else is responsible for bad things coming our way?  It’s funny how we can clearly see God working in circumstances to “open the eyes” of someone else that we think needs...

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Who needs to be forgiven in my life?

If I were to keeping a good record of “sins” committed against me, my ledger would be full of people that I had  good reason to hold a grudge against. It would include some of my former close friends, family members, businessmen, teachers, pastors, people I thought I could trust and even myself.   I began to think about these “offenders” that went back to my early childhood—and realized that  I still resented what they did! It’s embarrassing and incredible to think that I would still have some resentment in my life for some folks that are probably long dead and gone.  But I realized that even though I might have forgotten about what they had done, I still  have...

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