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Bruce Springsteen’s Long and Noisy Prayer

Entitled Born to Run, naturally, Bruce Springsteen’s highly anticipated and

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The Harvest of the Earth

Scripture Reading: Revelation 14:14-20

Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
Revelation 14:15

Though the harvest represents the climax of a season’s labor, it can also be a messy business. Grain must be separated from the stalks on which it grows. Fruit is gathered, washed, and separated—and to make juice for human consumption it is pressed and strained, and the peels and seeds are cast aside.

The Bible often uses the harvest as an image of God’s judgment on both God’s people and his ene­mies. At the end of time, God will gather up our life’s work and measure its eternal value. Judgment may be favorable, for a crop worth preserving. Or it may involve destruction.

Judgment does not sit easily with us today because we ­often operate with an “I’m OK, you’re OK” mentality. But the Bible reminds us that God is a holy God and that evil has no place in his presence. Does the abuse, violence, manipulation, and hurt in the world trouble you? There will come a time when all that has been inflicted on us—and what we inflict on others—will be strained and cast out of God’s presence. Only the good will remain.

All of us deserve judgment. But those who trust in Jesus have the assurance that he has already endured the “winepress of God’s wrath” for them.

Praise God for this harvest hope, which is the only hope to which we can cling. 

Righteous and just God, we know that judgment is a serious thing, because sin is serious. Thank you for the work of Jesus, which gives us a firm place to stand. We pray in his name. Amen.v

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Lights. Camera. Reaction.

The greatest movie ever made! That’s Liz’s goal. Looks like it will be another disaster unless Lucille comes to the rescue. Check out this episode for the best action-adventure-romance-sci-fi-western ever made!

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Transitions + Thanks

Life is full of transitions. That’s what I told my friends at ReFrame Media as I began to let them know I’m leaving my role at Church Juice to pursue other opportunities while staying in the Chicago area. Nearly nine years ago, I came into this role in major, personal transition. I was newly married, living in a city I didn’t know while attempting to make a career pivot. While...

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Establishing Justice at Home

Do you struggle with managing discipline and order in your family? Discover some ways that your family can follow God's heart for justice starting at home.

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Justice and Righteousness

It seems that on earth, justice cannot keep up with evil and corruption. Yet in both the Old and New Testaments, the Bible makes it clear that God cares about justice and the social well-being of his people. The words of the prophets and of Jesus reveal to us that in God's eyes, justice is intricately connected with righteousness. Studying the relationship between justice and righteousness leads us to a better understanding of what this means for how we live faithfully as followers of Jesus Christ. 

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The Story of Ron: Becoming More Holy

10.24.2016 The Story of Ron: Becoming More Holy

In September 2016, our Today daily devotional ran a very unique series of devotions titled “Becoming More Holy: the Story of Ron,” written by Rev. Keith Mannes. While Today authors typically develop a theme throughout the month—such as the names of God, the harvest, or gratitude, to name a...

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The Power of Forgiveness

09.26.2016 The Power of Forgiveness

At some point in your life, you’ve had to forgive someone. A negligent barb hit its mark and replays, ad nauseum, in your mind. Perhaps you’ve suffered a deeper wound caused by someone’s abuse, abandonment, or assault. The ache of such an injury can linger for years, even a lifetime. Actually...

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