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I have heard many people say that 2016 – with its reports of wars, political tensions, violence and wide-scale computer hacking (really, you can generate fake news?!) – was a rough year.

Over the last few weeks, the book of Revelation has been very comforting to me. I don’t mean that I am reading today’s new and predicting the “end of the world” tomorrow. What is comforting to me is not that Christ someday will be King. What is comforting is that He already is King!

I’ve always read the books of Ezra and Nehemiah as if the events happened seamlessly, one after another and, to be honest, a little bit “by magic.” I have always taken it for granted that God somehow just “did something” and that everything happened pretty quickly. This time through, I took a deeper look into the story – into the details and the drama –  for the miraculous ways God worked through (instead of “in spite of”) history and people.

Having the right amount of hope is important: too much, and you are heading for disappointment and disillusionment, maybe despair. Too little, and you are already there!
 
Looking back over the ups and downs of my life, I can see that I have been “in the ditch” on both sides of this road.

If you are traveling internationally, a passport is a critical tool. It tells the world who you are and where you are from. Depending on where you are visiting, where you are from can prevent your entry or can open all kinds of doors. Similarly, where your heart comes from can have all kinds of effects.

What is stronger, a New Year's resolution or a slight inclination?