We read about the mother in Matthew 15: A Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” (Matthew 15:22) This woman was of Canaanite, not Jewish, descent. Even though she was from outside the family of […]

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Some of you may remember “Carnac the Magnificent,” a comedy routine Johnny Carson used to do on late-night television. Ed McMahon would read an answer—a word or phrase—from the back of a sealed envelope.  “Carnac” (Johnny) would hold the envelope against his forehead, pretend to meditate for a moment, and then supposedly discern the question […]

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Our consumerism is rooted in a lack of faith. We are worried about what others think because we are not convinced that God delights in us (Psalm 149:4).  We are anxious because we do not believe God will meet our needs (Matthew 6:32).  We vie for attention because we do not think God rewards what […]

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