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Merriam-Webster provides the following definitions for context:

  1. the parts of a discourse that surround a word or passage and can throw light on its meaning
  2. the interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs: ENVIRONMENT, SETTING

Although we might not realize it, our lives are full of context. In fact, everything we do or think is predicated on something else. This means that nothing is done in a vacuum. We eat because we are hungry, drink because we are thirsty, and sleep because we are tired and need rest. Context as a state of being can change. This means the reasons for our eating, drinking, or sleeping might vary based on things like boredom or being sick. However, the natural context of eating, drinking, and sleeping deals with restoring our bodies. It’s when we move away from the natural context of these three things (eating, drinking, and sleeping) that our bodies are adversely affected. This type of context coincides with the second definition of context, according to Merriam-Webster. However, we can apply the same principle to the first definition.

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Notes on Zechariah and Luke 11

Today I have some notes on Zechariah and Luke 11 that I’d like to share.

Zechariah

In the Old Testament, there are many references to horns because the horn symbolizes power and strength. In Zechariah 1, we see four horns mentioned.

Then I looked up, and there before me were four horns.

Zechariah 1:18 (NIV)
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When I first arrived at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, I was shocked at how bleak it was. Shortly after getting my orders to go to Minot, I heard all the jokes about the place. “Why not Minot? Freezin’ is the reason!” Although I grew up in the countryside of Maryland, it didn’t look anything like Minot. If I had been saved back then, I would have said, “No Moses, there are no trees here in Minot” (cf. Numbers 13:20 NIV). The worst part about being stationed at Minot was that it was my choice.

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In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus sent the 12 disciples on a mission to “proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick” (Luke 9:2 NIV). 

He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

Luke 9:3-5 (NIV)

Later, Jesus is on the way to Jerusalem when something interesting occurs. 

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