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Often reading through the Old Testament feels like an endless list of casualty records – like reading about America’s Civil War – only much worse. Lot’s of killing. Big battles. Non-stop bloodshed.  

(Read Joshua and Judges for some stories “Rated R for Intense Violence.”)

What’s the reason for all this death? And why, all of the sudden, does the killing campaign end as we enter the New Testament? 

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I have four kids, and my office is at home. They call on me often, but I don’t always answer. Most of the time it’s not really important, so I don’t respond. 

It’s not me who determines what’s important. They do…

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My wife and I have four children, with our oldest in college and youngest in elementary school.

Helping them develop their own walk with God is on our minds—a lot! So are questions about why so many young people are walking away from faith, and why parents often have a distant relationship with God.

I kept coming back to an answer that was so obvious… I almost missed it.

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