Tag Archives: Life In Focus

Beauty In Worship

ALL of the design elements for the sanctuary and its contents (Exodus 25) suggest God’s great love of beauty, of design, of loveliness. We have sometimes imagined that God enjoys plainness. This is hardly the case. God’s love for beautiful … Continue reading

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Keep It Holy

WHAT was God’s will for the Sabbath (or “day of cessation,” as the term literally means)? The fourth commandment is straightforward: “keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). But what does it mean to keep the Sabbath “holy”? The prologue to the … Continue reading

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Practical Principles of Leadership

LEADERSHIP has become a popular topic today, and for good reason. Effectiveness in any endeavor is largely a function of good leadership. The Bible offers many principles and models to help leaders serve their people more effectively. Of course, Scripture … Continue reading

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The Biting Edge of Sarcasm

NOTHING takes the heart out of a person quite like biting sarcasm from an authority figure. It can be hard enough just to get up the courage to approach a powerful leader, but if that figure responds with derision, even … Continue reading

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Positive Authority

AUTHORITY can be used in ways that bring liberty to people, not just limitation. Authority is sometimes thought of as nothing more than telling others what they cannot do and keeping people in line. But in God’s instruction to Moses … Continue reading

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Sin Is Passed On Through Generations

PEOPLE often assume that their “private” sins hurt no one but themselves. For instance, how could the sin of envy affect anyone else? Isn’t coveting strictly a matter between them and the Lord? But sins of character have a way … Continue reading

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When You Least Expect It

SOMETIMES good happens to us when we least expect it. Sometimes we receive far more good than we deserve. When Jacob learned that Esau was approaching (Genesis 32:6), he was terrified. Here was his older twin brother—the brother that he … Continue reading

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Kill My Own Son?

IT SEEMS incredible that God would tell Abraham to “take . . . your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love . . . and offer him there as a burnt offering,” – Genesis 22:2. What sort of God … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Sodom and Gomorrah

THROUGHOUT Scripture and in countless extrabiblical works, Sodom and Gomorrah and the other cities of the plain (Genesis 13:12) stand as a symbol of divine judgment for collective wickedness. What was once a well-watered, fertile region is today barren, full … Continue reading

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Scattering and Gathering

THE CONFUSION of languages at Babel was an explosive moment in history. It introduced geographic and linguistic barriers that survive to this day. However, in breaking up the unified community at Babel, God was working out His purposes. He knew … Continue reading

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