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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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Ed Jordan: Discovering the Undiscovered

When you think of the word discovery, what comes into your mind? A new country, a new world, a new recipe? Does a discovery have to be big to be exciting? Suzanne K. Langer once noted: “Most new discoveries are suddenly seen things that were always there.” In other words, we are daily rubbing shoulders with things or ideas that have always been present, and yet one day our eyes or minds are opened to finally “see” them.

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Ed Jordan: The Misunderstood Twins

Let’s think about two misunderstood twins that influence our lives and society. These twins are Justice and Righteousness, and they are often mistaken for one another. Looked at subjectively, these two concepts might be twisted and distorted to be perceived as identical twins. But objectively, they are more like fraternal twins; they are closely related, but not identical. They do not mean the same thing.

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Ed Jordan: Tomorrow is Yesterday

Jesus is the ever-present God. He is in the present tense anywhere along our human timelines, and yet not trapped in time. Though He exists in time, He also exists beyond time.

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Ed Jordan: To Discover New Lands, Leave the Old Shore 

It seems to me that America has grown lethargic and unmotivated. Maybe it is because we have been provided with so much by those who came before us, or maybe we have become desensitized to new ideas because of the glut of information that bombards our senses 24/7. Perhaps we have become lazy and lost our work ethic. Am I being too hard on us?  Perhaps, or perhaps not.

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Ed Jordan: Former Enemies Can Become Friends

Isaiah 32:8 (ESV) states: “But he who is noble plans noble things, and on noble things he stands.” People who are noble in character and values are able to rise above past grievances and to treat others with reverence and respect. They are gracious people, treating others as people of worth. These attitudes and actions promote rebuilding responsible relationships.

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