Last night all over Israel, families sat together at Seder meals remembering God’s miraculous salvation of his people at the original Passover.  Those thousands of years ago in Egypt, lambs were slain.  Blood was applied.  Sons lived.  Slaves were led to freedom.  That was not the end of the story, however, because around 1400 years…

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Panorama of Ancient Shechem

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17) Today, the ruins of biblical Shechem lie between two mountains and next to a church that is built over an ancient well.  These two mountains, Mount Gerizim and…

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Two armies are facing off. One boasts a taunting, blasphemous giant that intimidates the army of Israel. Israel’s “champion”—a young boy. We know this story! We especially know the characters in it—the giant, Goliath and the one-day-to-be-king, David. You’ve probably tried to picture the ruddy, young shepherd and the armor-clad giant as you read the…

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