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Our Garden: Late Fall 2016

Published: November 21, 2016 (Originally published: November 7, 2016)

In early 2016 we started a garden to feed the poor in a small town in Mexico. Here’s what the garden looks like now!

Praise the Lord for a twelve month growing season! Zucchini are still the favorite in the community and we’re making sure they’re always available to harvest. For variety, we’ve still been growing the large globe squashes as well. They’re so versatile.

Depending on how they’re cooked, they can taste like a traditional zucchini. But the texture also works well to cook them like pumpkin and sweeten it for dessert. So from the same large squash, you can take half to use for soup for dinner, and the other half with sugar to make a dish similar to our sweet potato pie (minus the marshmallows).

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Introducing Our Community Garden

Published: November 23, 2016 (Originally published: February 11, 2016)

We’ve started a community garden! Along with our home repair and building projects, we’ve always given food, clothing, medical care and other necessities to those in need. Where we are in Mexico has such a long growing season, that we’ve wanted to grow food in the community for a long time. Everything finally lined up and we began. People started giving more and more, and one of our construction workers gave his land for us to use. Thank you all for your generosity to this ministry!

At first, we wanted to use the traditional community garden model, where each family gets a plot of land and they are responsible for it. They buy the compost and seeds, and they reap the harvest of what they grow. What a great model! And there is such talk and debate in the church now about how to give without hurting. How to give without creating dependency. I thought it would be a great example of helping people help themselves! But after much prayer, the Lord told me that this is not how we were to begin. In beginning, were to labor in the garden. We were to buy the materials. And we were to give the harvest to the community, so that they would see that He is feeding His people. Later perhaps it will be a traditional community garden, but for now it is a gift. How beautiful! Thank you Lord!

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Understanding Revelation

Published: December 2, 2016 (Originally published: March 31, 2014)

No other book of the Bible was so specifically written for our generation.  Of its 22 chapters, 19 are about a time that’s still in our future.

And no other book of the Bible promises blessings to those who read it, hear it and take to heart what is written in it.

In short, the Book of Revelation is arguably the most important book you will read in your life time.

People have shied away from this book because of its use of symbolism and its cryptic references.  In writing this commentary, I’ve tried to explain these things in common everyday language to make it easier to understand while remaining true to the book’s purpose, which to inform us of things that will soon be taking place.

Here then is my commentary on the Book of Revelation.

-Jack Kelley

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Living the Christian Life in Hard Times

Published: December 2, 2016 (Originally published: February 7, 2014)

For most of my life Americans have been living in good times. Sure we’ve had our ups and downs in the US but they were the exception rather than the rule.  But things look different to me now. I’m not sure the America I grew up in will ever return. Since I’m a Bible teacher I’m always interested in what the Bible has to say about life, especially the Christian life. So what follows are six essays that lay out the results of my study.  Other than the fact that they all address the same general topic, they aren’t necessarily connected, so you can read them all at once or one at time.  But taken together, I think they provide a good overview on living the Christian life in hard times.

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Reflections on the Psalms

Published: December 2, 2016 (Originally published: September 18, 2014)

What you are about to read is not a commentary on the Psalms.   I made no attempt to interpret them or reveal new levels of understanding.  Instead, it’s a collection of thoughts I wrote down over a period of several years as I read through the Psalms.  Some are recollections from my own experience, others are ideas I gleaned from various books and articles I’ve read, and still others are just the thoughts that came into my mind as I thought about what I was reading.

My original purpose in writing this series was to give visitors to the website a brief middle of the week meditation.  I wanted each one to be practical and uplifting, in the hope of adding substance to our faith. For that reason, they are not meant to be read at one sitting or even in a structured way. They are designed to provide a break in our routine, to be taken one at a time followed by a few quiet moments of consideration.  Being in e-book format they can go where you go, to be enjoyed any time you have a few minutes, over coffee, while waiting for an appointment, or just because you want a few minutes with the Lord.  Download them to your tablet or phone and they will be ready when you are.

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Genesis Narrative: The Stories of the Patriarchs

Published: December 2, 2016 (Originally published: January 5, 2015)

The first book of the Bible is actually a compilation of the stories of 8 men and their Creator. I have presented them here in narrative form, as if these eight men had written in the first person. While this book remains true to the Biblical account, I have allowed these men to make personal comments from time to time as appropriate. To add depth to their stories, I have also included some extra-Biblical information gleaned from various commentaries and historical accounts, but I have not allowed this information to distract us from the truth that these men actually lived and their stories are true.  It’s my prayer that reading this book will enhance your understanding of God’s first word to man.

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Daniel’s Story

Published: December 4, 2016 (Originally published: July 9, 2015)

Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding… for you are highly esteemed.- Daniel 9:23

What follows is the story of Daniel’s adventures with God as recorded in the Bible. It is being presented as if Daniel himself is telling the story in his own words…

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Proving The Bible Is The Word Of God

Published: July 23, 2014 (Originally published: July 23, 2014)
More proof.

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God’s Argument Against Evolution

Published: February 16, 2014 (Originally published: February 15, 2014)
How the Jewish people have become God's most potent argument against evolution

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Proving the Existence of God

Published: February 27, 2016 (Originally published: February 27, 2016)
The continued survival of the Jewish people in spite of numerous and concerted efforts to exterminate them unequivocally demonstrates God's existence, His presence in the world and His involvement in the affairs of man.