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Circumstantial evidence

Have you ever been in one of those situations where you wake up in the morning and think of the day at hand, and all you can say is, "Life sucks"?

Been there. Done that. No fun. You know you're in a tough spot when your prayer in the morning is, "God, please don't let me screw things up so badly today that you can't fix them."

Back to basics?

My life has been unexpectedly enriched by some of the improbable friends in it. Specifically, I am referring to my friends among the Karen population where I live. You never heard of them? Neither have most other Americans.

The Karen (pronounced kah-REN) are an ethnic group from eastern Burma. They have - like many other ethnic groups there - for many years been at war with the Burmese government. Several of my friends have disabilities from land mines and gunshot wounds.

Words or power: Talk is cheap

I recently saw a post on Facebook, asking why the modern American church seldom sees miracles. It's an interesting question, and I suspect asking ten people will bring ten different answers. But I want to add my voice to the "chorus," because I think the chorus is mostly wrong. I think scripture and history are pretty clear about this matter.

I used to know some folks who, upon encountering some evil thing or person, would begin repeating "in the name of Jesus, in the name of Jesus," like some sort of mantra, something that would magically repel the devil.

I chose not to join in. I never saw much good come from their practice. Magic words don't work. Ask the seven sons of Sceva in Acts.

There is another form of the Magic Word Club, however, that is more pervasive, and more dangerous. These folks also believe there is some magical power in the name Jesus. But in this case, it's for salvation.

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