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Way Back When I Didn’t Know Any Better

If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the LORD’S commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat, a female without blemish, for his…
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Give Me Gifts

All fat is the LORD’S. Leviticus 3:16 Last Sunday was Father’s Day, and so, my kids came out for dinner, both giving me gifts that cost them something. Both gifts were meaningful, and I was touched by their thoughtfulness and generosity. The thing is, I don’t need them to give me stuff. I have more…
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Priorities

If his offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he shall offer a male without blemish. Leviticus 1:3 I have a lot of things that I intend to do one day. One day, when I have an afternoon off, I’ll fix that trim along the bathroom floor. When I have time, I’d like to…
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Eating for Fuel Instead of Fun

Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. Exodus 40:36-37 If you read my blog regularly, it’s probably easy to…
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My Offering Can’t Make a Difference

And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the LORD’S contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service, and for the holy garments. Exodus 35:21 At the self-checkout line at the grocery store last night, as I paid with my credit…
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I’m No Minister

Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the LORD has commanded. Exodus 35:10 As I’ve mentioned, my wife and I both grew up as pastor’s kids but I’ve also got two brothers-in-law who are pastors and another one who’s an army chaplain. Even my own brother was a youth pastor for…
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Those Who Were There Can See the Change

Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. Exodus 34:29 Occasionally, when I speak of my drug addiction in the presence of those who’ve only known me recently, they have a hard time believing it. That just doesn’t seem possible. It doesn’t seem like something…
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My Not-So-Great Parenting

The LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty . . . Exodus 34:6-7 I love being a dad. Parenting has been one of my greatest joys…
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What is Recovery?

The LORD said to Moses, “Cut for yourself two tablets of stone like the first, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.” Exodus 34:1 In my drug addiction, I made myself and those closest to me terribly sick. As I surrendered more of myself…
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Quantum Mechanics and a Giant Headache

You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live. Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed…
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