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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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Ed Jordan: Is healing available in the land?

How have the events of two hurricanes and the Las Vegas attack affected you? I think most of us are reeling from those devastations and feeling sorrowful for those who experienced them firsthand. On the upside, those impacted by the hurricanes, the people of Las Vegas, and many of the people at the concert were amazing in assisting one another. This is one of our finer qualities as humans.

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Ed Jordan: Honoring a Wonderful Life

Each of us gets wounded in life by circumstances or people. Pastors are not immune from this. In fact, they often have heavier loads to bear, because they also deal with the burdens and problems of others. Wounds multiply. Healing time is rare. They are like medics on the battlefield, scurrying from one wounded soldier to another while their own wounds have to wait until later.

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Ed Jordan: Mirror, Mirror

In many ways, reliable mirrors help us know ourselves better and reveal ourselves more effectively to others. Christians have access to two very reliable mirrors into which we can look to get an accurate reflection of our lives.

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Ed Jordan: Celebrating Creativity

This past weekend at our church, we experienced an evening of creativity as we watched a movie about people showing and explaining their inventions in the early 1900s. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the United States was flooded with legal immigrants who came to contribute to the American dream.

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Ed Jordan: Adrift!

Here is what Hebrews 2:1 (ESV) tells us: “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” Hebrews 2:1 in the (The Message) states: “It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off.”

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Ed Jordan: Peace in the Storm

In a world embroiled in turmoil, how can we experience stillness and be at rest? How can we find peace and shelter from the storms of life? It seems that hatred is screaming from every corner. I am really not in the market for hatred; it is a counterproductive, useless commodity.

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Ed Jordan: Neutralizing Bitterness

This is the advice of Hebrews 12:15 (NLT): “Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.” Don’t live in bitterness; let God neutralize and remove it.

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Ed Jordan: Two Perspectives on Becoming Great

The Bible’s book of Genesis is a book of beginnings. It moves along quickly, starting in Genesis 1, with God creating the universe and everything in it. In this year’s Vacation Bible School, our sixth-grade class members took turns being blindfolded and playing "pin the planet on the solar system," similar to "pin the tail on the donkey" game. The planets ended up all over the place. We talked about the fact that God created the heavens and the earth and put us at just the right distance from the sun, in the right orbit, with the right atmosphere and biosphere that we need, and it was no accident.

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