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Listening Lessons - Lesson 2

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Lesson 2: Motives matter.   At this stage of my life I am really enjoying being the father of three grown sons. One reason is that they have greatly enlarged my world with three daughters in law and three grandchildren. Another reason is that my sons and I can have a fun and free...

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Listening Lessons - Lesson 1

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Lesson 1: God still speaks.Comedian Lily Tomlinson once asked, “Why is it that when we talk to God it is called prayer, but when God talks to us it is called schizophrenia?!” It is probably appropriate to maintain a level of skepticism when people claim that God has talked to them...

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Wilderness Lessons - Lesson 10

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Lesson 10: Don’t waste the wilderness.   At the end of my first trip to Israel our leader asked us what had been the most memorable part of our 17 day study tour. Had you asked me that question before the trip, I would have guessed that my answer would have been, “the time...

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Wilderness Lessons - Lesson 9

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Lesson 9: Choose trust not control.  The most famous wilderness resident in the day of Jesus was Herod the Great. He came from the wilderness area of Idumea. He built at least nine major palaces from the Mediterranean Sea to the Herodion near Bethlehem, to Jerusalem itself, and then...

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Wilderness Lessons - Lesson 8

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Lesson 8: Risk Precedes Miracle.  When it came time for the ancient Israelites to end their forty years of wandering in the desert, they came to the River Jordan. To enter the Promised Land they had to cross the river. That may not seem difficult but as desert wanderers they did not...

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Wilderness Lessons - Lesson 7

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Lesson 7: Hospitality is the key to survival. One of the highlights of the trips that I took to Israel was a visit to a Bedouin encampment in the wilderness. Bedouins do not move around in Israel much anymore because the government trucks in water to them. Now most of the men have jobs in...

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Wilderness Lessons - Lesson 6

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Lesson 6: God gently leads in the wilderness. On the way to Colorado we passed the gravesite of Charles Goodnight, perhaps the most famous Texas rancher of the 19th century and “the father of the Texas panhandle.” He pioneered cattle drives on what would be called the...

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Wilderness Lessons - Lesson 5

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Lesson 5: Plant yourself by the stream (Psalm 1:3).  Doubtless you have heard the old maxim that the three most important factors in real estate are “location, location, and location.” These are also the three key factors in planting a tree that will flourish in a semi arid...

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Wilderness Lessons - Lesson 4

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Lesson 4: God gives us just enough. My first funeral that I ever officiated took place in a funeral home. The podium was under a set of pink lights. Those lights combined with my contact lens to make the pages of my worship book and Bible appear blank to me. So, I had to do everything from...

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Wilderness Lessons - Lesson 3

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The Wilderness is a place of preparation.  Most of us are aware that God took the freed Hebrew slaves to the Promised Land by way of the wilderness. The trip from Egypt to Canaan was normally an eleven day journey but it took forty years! Why the long route? One could argue that this...

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