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Exodus 16:2-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45; (Jonah 3:10-4:11; Psalm 145:1-8;) Philippians 1:21-30; Matthew 20:1-16
The Philippians would have read "striving side by side for the faith of the gospel" and thought of the phalanx, infantrymen with shields interlocked. An opponent faced a whole formation.
The last days of Christians in Mosul
Would Christians happily forsake Assisi or Canterbury or Cologne? Mosul's story is at least equal to that of any of these later upstarts.
Gordon Cosby's final sermon
As Gordon was dying, he shared with me his thoughts for a "final sermon"—the words he said he should have preached again and again.
Manna in the wilderness of depression
Sometimes I wish the Gospels told a story in which Jesus slumps
in the shade of a tree and can't make himself face another crowd or meet
one more plea for help.
When we speak of manna from heaven, we usually do so with a big helping of irony. In our time, the term has come to mean "something that's unheard of and unachievable."
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