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Ed Jordan: Facing God, or Turning Our Backs?

Most of us are fascinated by watching an analysis of a person’s body language. It seems that while a person is giving one message verbally, their body language is conveying their true feelings or attitude about the subject.

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Ed Jordan: To Laugh Again

In Psalm 126, the psalmist is addressing the feelings that people had upon returning back to their homeland from exile. Exile had been a very difficult time for the people of Israel. It had changed most of them forever. After seventy years, God made it possible for them to be freed from their captivity and return home.

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Ed Jordan: Walk Together, Children

I just returned from participating in the 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. It was an amazing time, as we heard how God is working in so many different churches and in the lives of different people.

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Ed Jordan: Having Ears But Not Hearing

There is a great saying by Jesus in Mark 8:18 (ESV) where he confronts the disciples, saying: “Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?”  This saying is full of irony but also spiritual truth. There are at least three layers of background to this saying which influence its meaning. Three? Really? Yes, really. We were discussing how we would recognize the correct city bus, when a blind man with a white cane asked where we were trying to go. We told him, and he said that we were at the correct stop.

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Ed Jordan: Learning from the Blind

Some years ago we were in the St. Paul/Minneapolis airport waiting for our return flight to Europe. It was running seven hours late, so we decided to go visit the Mall of America by catching a bus that departed right outside the airport. We were discussing how we would recognize the correct city bus, when a blind man with a white cane asked where we were trying to go. We told him, and he said that we were at the correct stop.

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Ed Jordan: Living Without Power

This past week has been one of those life events that I wish had never happened. My wife and I returned from an overseas trip, but we caught some kind of illness on the plane coming home. It was one of those awful cough and cold conditions that just would not go away.

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Ed Jordan: Time is the Secret Ingredient

Recently I watched a documentary about the relationship between changes in cooking and our changing lifestyles. The film showed how natural cooking over wood fires takes a lot of time and is very different in nature from the fast foods and convenience foods we consume these days. Slowly cooked foods have great flavor and nutritional value and are easier to digest.  

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Ed Jordan: Partnering with God!

Almost two decades ago, my wife and I were sensing that the time of relocating to a new ministry was approaching. We had led our church at that time for 11 years and seen it grow in both numbers and health. While the work was thriving, I had led them as far as I could lead them. They needed a different kind of leader for the next phase of growth, and we needed a new challenge.

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Ed Jordan: God Leads Us Out of Our Comfort Zones

Many of us spend much of our time in stagnant or declining situations because we allow “remaining comfortable” to become our core value. Most of us, once we have a system that works for us, don’t want to change anything. Why should we? Our system works, and we are familiar with it. Yet most inventions that changed the world began with someone taking risks to do things that are not comfortable—seeking to discover something new.

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Ed Jordan: Is God a Concept or a Living Being?

While many people believe in the concept of God, there are many views about what such a God is like. For some God is a simply a detached, philosophical concept and is merely an explanation for all the things humans can’t explain in our universe. For Christians, God is a living being who is alive and interacts with us in our lives each day.

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Ed Jordan: Along Came God…

It was a hot, dusty day. The shepherd had been out minding his father-in-law’s sheep. It was a tough job in a scorching desert, with scant vegetation or water.  Maybe the shepherd was having a dialogue with himself, evaluating the progress of his life. For 40 years he had been leading sheep through the same desert, and perhaps he was thinking that it was time for a change. After all, 40 years is a long time to babysit sheep.

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Ed Jordan: When Is It Good to Be Poor?

Is it ever good to be poor by the typical definition—to be totally “broke” financially? There might be a rare time when that would be beneficial, but we certainly don’t want to live that way by choice. Is this verse talking about finances, or is it talking about some other kind of emptiness?

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Ed Jordan: What is God Up To?

Most of us have had some events happen in our lives to which we react with disbelief, confusion, frustration, or anger. The first person we address is normally God, either consciously or subconsciously asking: “What is going on? Why is this happening? Why are you doing this to me?”

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