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Ed Jordan: Mr. Spock was Right!

After a long period of performing complex tasks or thinking, after continuous pressure from deadlines, or heavy stress, sometimes we just need to make things simple.

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Ed Jordan: Whom is Christmas For?

If Christmas is only about exchanging gifts, it is over fast. However, Christmas is about much, much more than that. Christmas is the day that changed the destiny of the people of Earth.

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Ed Jordan: What Drives Your Decisions?

In Matthew 1:18-25 we see the account of Joseph struggling with a decision. He was engaged to Mary, and she turns up pregnant. Joseph and Mary had not yet had the kind of relationship needed to produce a child, so he was trying to decide what he should do. Should he break off the engagement, cancel the wedding, and privately give Mary divorce papers so she could marry someone else? Should he face the crowds and the scandal? Just like today, public opinion can get quite nasty.

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Ed Jordan: Preparing for Christmas

In Galatians 4:4-5 (NASB95) we read: “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” Not only was it Mary’s time to give birth, it was also the “pregnant” time, the full and right time, in history for the Messiah to be born.

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Ed Jordan: Living in Circles

Yesterday I had adventures in driving. I was in a town in which the streets were designed as spoked wheels, and I needed to visit someone in a hospital there. I didn’t know the hospital's address. We searched for hospitals using the GPS, found one listed in the town, and followed the directions to it. Forty minutes later, after a long circular drive through the forests and along the river, I ended up on the same street on which I started, about a quarter mile behind where I had begun. Had GPS told me to make a U-turn, I would have done so and gotten to my destination an hour earlier. It was very frustrating.

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Ed Jordan: The Season of Appreciative Reflecting

There is a time to hang on, and a time to let go. One of the things that allows us to let go of something or someone is to take time appreciating them. Perhaps this is why God put color in the autumn leaves, so that we would notice that they are approaching departure, and we should take the time to value them and appreciate what they have contributed to life.

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Ed Jordan: What is a Holiday?

What if you went to great expense and effort to throw a birthday party for your son, and invited all his friends, family, and the neighbors to come and celebrate, and when the people came into the house they ignored you and your son?

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Ed Jordan: Who’s to Blame for the Murders in Texas?

The news programming and talking heads are all abuzz, trying to place blame on who was responsible for the tragic murders in a Baptist church in Texas on Sunday. Was it the Air Force? Was it guns in general? Was it the NRA? Was it politicians? Why is it that so few are saying that the root cause was sin and evil?

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Ed Jordan: Can I be excused?

Most of us lead very busy lives, and we have too much on our plates. How does that happen? Occasionally a boss dumps the work on us, but generally we are the ones who choose to add more agendas into our lives. We often add things that are easy, popular, or we like doing. We tend to avoid doing what takes more discipline or isn’t much fun. There is a well-known statement: People do what they want to do and avoid the things they don’t want to do. We love burgers and fries, but we hate to exercise. We love diversions and enjoyment, but we avoid places like church that require us to face reality. We avoid the truth taught at church, because it convicts us of things we should be giving more attention to in our lives.

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Ed Jordan: God is Faithful

One of the most wonderful times of our lives was when we lived and worked in Hungary as missionaries. It was not an easy time, since we did not speak Hungarian—one of the hardest languages in the world to learn. But our time there enriched us in so many ways, and we developed wonderful life-long friends. I have been blessed with a wonderful education, including a B.A. from UNR, and Masters and Doctorate graduate degrees. Having successfully served in some very difficult ministry settings, I have also gained decades of life and ministry experience, which has given me a depth of life experience beyond what most people have.

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Ed Jordan: Deer Me

We are offered a world of alternatives which claim to be able to satisfy the thirst in our souls, but in reality it is only the living God who can satisfy those deepest needs of our lives.

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Ed Jordan: In Search of Community

God sends his Holy Spirit to live within us, and thus we share his life in common with other believers. Christians all confess that we have sinned and need divine intervention to break the power of sin in our lives. We have, and share in common, Jesus. Jesus came to die on the cross to bring the forgiveness of our sins and to reside within us to give us the power to say “no” to sin.

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Ed Jordan: Do You Want This Job?

Ed Jordan writes that October is Pastor Appreciation Month - make sure you take good care their needs so that they can give their full attention and energy to serving God and you!

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