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Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:00 PM
A brother in Christ — who let’s just say looks a lot like me (a white male) — ministering in the inner-city of Mobile, Ala., with his wife and five young children — has announced a 12-month sabbatical from their ministry that “over the years [about a decade] has been a source of great joy as well as great sorrow. We have witnessed remarkable redemption and repair. And, we have also felt and experienced great tragedy and distress.” 
  • Please turn to Genesis 32:24-32. Having just departed from his father-in-law, Jacob now faces the greater challenge of meeting Esau. Jacob is approaching the greatest crisis of his life, and he is potentially tempted to trust in his own schemes and inventions. 
  • “If you look at Trump in America and Bolsonaro in Brazil, you see that people want politicians that do what they promise,” said Spanish businessman Juan Carlos Perez Carreno.
  • Of all sins, pride is the most dangerous to the souls of men. The Lord tells us that pride goes before destruction, meaning it has an inevitable end. Pride in the heart is compared to an impenetrable rock, a steel- like alloy that will not yield. Pharaoh “hardened” his heart despite his country crumbling around him due to his resistance to God.
  • The poisonous activism of social justice warriors has spread into the nation’s corporate boardrooms. As activists — some might call them partisan troublemakers — on the outside decry the corruption and evildoing of big business, others have worked their way inside to offer resolutions to require companies to “do good,” as the warriors define “good.
  • EDITORIALS/Ridgeland’s Green New Deal
    While the notion of a farmers market is quaint, Ridgeland aldermen were right to reject a taxpayer-funded proposal.
  • After reading an especially radical platform agreed upon by the British Labor Party, one Tory wag described it as “the longest suicide note in history.”
  • There were two victims in the horrific attack earlier this month on Jennifer Irigoyen in New York City. But the state’s law recognizes only one of them.
  • Please turn to Genesis 32:1-23. Throughout Genesis chapters 30 and 31, we have seen that God is preparing Jacob to trust in Him alone and to acknowledge Him alone.
  • Japan emerged from World War II as a crushed survivor of its own ambition and cruelty, despised by the Asia it described as a “partner” in the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. Asia was a very junior “partner” indeed. 
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Philippians 4:4-6
    The Christian life can be thought of like a three-legged stool. There is the leg that is the truth or doctrine (what we believe), another that is the moral or ethical aspect (our behavior and actions) of the Christian life, and there is the emotional leg of the Christian life (our feelings and affections). These all are inseparable, but we can become unbalanced. This passage is a wonderful example of the three in harmony.
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