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THE GOOD REPORT

Come Emmanuel

Come Emmanuel! O Come O Come Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel Who mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel! This now has to win my first place award among Christmas carols. For years the...

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For the Cross of Christ

For the Cross of Christ As I was recently pondering the last hours in the life of Jesus, I was impressed that His sweat drops of blood in the Garden were not because He feared death on the cross. For that, He came into our world to face death. His words to the...

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Giving a Bright Palestinian Girl a Future

I was hiding in the back seat of a taxi with Palestinian Authority police circling us. I knew that we had no rights or protection as we were in the depths of the Palestinian Authority in a city with a Hamas governor. I was in Nablus—or in Hebrew, Shechem. We were...

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Blessing New Israeli Immigrants

Just last month, we partnered with a local ministry in Ashdod to provide heaters, blankets, bedding, and other basic necessities to new Israeli immigrants! It was wonderful to be with the new immigrants as they received some of their gifts and heard about why we...

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Christians with Depression

Many of you have heard me say, “I am an unrealistic optimist and I intend to stay that way.” That’s true because I am confident that ultimately for all believers in Jesus, the end is good. As I have also often said, “Following Jesus is exhilarating though often...

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Imagine!

Lately I have been appropriating a word out of Paul’s Ephesian letter (at least it’s the way Paul’s word is translated in my NIV). It’s the word, “Imagine,” in Ephesian 3:20. “To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his...

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Inquire of the Lord

I am fascinated with the way the biblical scribes depict decisions being made by Israel’s kings. When I read, “and he inquired of the Lord,” I already know that I am about to read another victory. David is the best at continually inquiring of the Lord before...

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More Like Jesus

Predestined to be like Jesus What is the purpose of our lives? Is it to be happy? Is it to be healthy? Is it only to be saved from hell? No, there’s more. We are “predestined to become conformed to the image of” Jesus. To be holy as He is holy and to be used in...

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A Radical Arab Evangelist

From a small town in Gaza, Amir fled for his life after coming to know Jesus as His Messiah. His family rejected him, society cast him off, and many sought to end his life after leaving Islam. Not only did Amir reject the Islamic faith, but he became like a...

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