Winter Creates Willpower

“It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.” – Psalm 74:17 It’s January, and many of us are in the midst of the cold season. I recall moving from Southern California to Oklahoma for school; I hadn’t really appreciated the benefits of California weather until then. When I went outside one day, the temperature was probably no more than three degrees, with a windchill of minus one million (just kidding). As I neared my car, there was a thick coating of ice on the windshield, and as I tried to get it off, I sliced my knuckle on a portion of the car and collapsed to my knees in agony. “Why am I here?” I remember exclaiming at the time.  I believe that our life’s winters can be similar. Perhaps you’re unemployed, suffering from a persistent illness, or going through a

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The Desire to See God

“Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.” – Luke 19:1-4 How desperately do we want to see God? That is the question the story of Zacchaeus prompts us to ask. The Bible says this man from Jericho was a chief tax collector and that he was rich. Since we learned previously that Jewish tax collectors were thieves and crooks working for the Roman Empire, he was an unlikely subject to be chasing after the Lord…but something about Jesus intrigued him. His quest, however, was made challenging by the fact that he was short. Since the

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