Bruce Green

Bruce Green

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Bruce is a writer for The Observer

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

If it's not broken, God hasn't fixed it OPINION — Psalm 51 is a challenging psalm. There’s the historical context (it is likely written by David after Nathan exposed his adultery with Bathsheba and his murder of Uriah). Then there’s our context...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Studying His Word | June 27, 2024

Praying Wisely OPINION — A couple in their sixties was walking along the beach when they spied an object hidden in the sand. They uncovered it, knocked the sand off, and identified it as an old, old lamp. Before they knew it — POOF! — a genie had...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Studying His Word | June 20, 2024

God prepares a King OPINION — David’s ascension to the throne was no easy thing. It took time (about a decade), courage and endurance on his part. We see God prepare him for this in 1 Samuel 16:14ff. The setting is this: David had been anointed by...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Studying His Word

The significance of the insignificant OPINION —It’s clear from 1 Samuel 1 that Hannah had a lowly status. From the world’s point of view, she was insignificant. She was married to a man named Elkanah. But she was not the only one married to him....

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Studying His Word | June 6, 2024

Ten Lepers and Two Cookies OPINION —Our six-year-old grandson (Bryant) lives a few states away, but I talk with him and his two brothers every Sunday night. Our conversations revolve around sports, bad jokes (“Why couldn’t the pirate recite the...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Studying His Word

Fallen walls and broken gates, part two OPINION — Last week we looked at some lessons from the Battle of Jericho and suggested there was more to the story — a story within a story, as it were. This story has to do, not with the Israelites, but with...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Studying His Word | May 23, 2024

Fallen walls and broken gates, part one OPINION — There are lots of lessons to learn from the battle of Jericho in Joshua 6. Here are some of them: The walls fell to servants, not lords. From beginning to end, God specified how He wanted everything...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Studying His Word | May 16, 2024

Bouncing on Pharaoh’s Knee OPINION — As we come to Exodus 3, an indeterminate amount of time has elapsed since Joseph’s family moved to Egypt. More important than this gap of time is the change in leadership that had occurred. Egypt was no longer...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Studying His Word | May 9, 2024

Friends, followers and community OPINION — Do you recognize where these slogans come from?“Caring is part of our package.”“Find your family at …"Did you guess Jack’s? If so, you only get partial credit because the business’s name is actually Jack’s...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Doing right

OPINION — As we read through the Genesis account, one of the admirable characteristics of Joseph is his determination to do what is right — no matter what. In fact, the narrative offers us a contrast between Joseph and his brothers in regard to...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

A mailbox, a note and a good neighbor

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION — Our mailbox leads a rather solitary existence. It interacts with our mail carrier once a day, sees either Janice or me the same amount — and that’s it — except for the many vehicles that drive by. Only the vehicles don’t...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Broken but blessed

OPINION — I worked as a lifeguard for a couple of summers when I was growing up. I got the job even though at the time, I hadn’t taken the course you needed for life-guard certification. The swimming pool where I was hired was in a pinch and needed...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Happily ever laughter

OPINION — Abraham was 75 years old when he left Haran for Canaan (Genesis 12:4). God told him He would give Canaan “to your offspring” (v. 7), so he knew he would have descendants. But it didn’t happen over the next few years so when God spoke to...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Tents, altars and sacred space

OPINION — Even though the land of Canaan would be given to his descendants, when Abraham sojourned there he and Sarah didn’t live in the best house of a high-end neighborhood. They lived in tents—as their son Isaac would and after him, his son...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

The One who holds the stars

BY BRUCE GREEN The opening picture of Jesus in the book of Revelation is a breath taking one. It’s not the Jesus we’re used to seeing in paintings and pictures. From the way He’s described by John it’s clear it’s impressionistic and meant to convey...

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Studying His Word | July 4, 2024

Calling all fathers!

BY BRUCE GREEN Paul Simmons is the head football coach at Harding University. In December of last year, they won their first ever Division II national championship in football. Pretty heady stuff, right? You wouldn’t know it from the press...

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Gawking or growing?

Gawking or growing?

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION — I came across a story — perhaps it was more of a parable — you decide for yourself. It was about two girls in their early teens who were best friends. They lived in a small neighborhood that was served by a mom-and-pop...

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Gawking or growing?

The walk of life, part four

OPINION — Over the last three weeks, we’ve looked at Paul’s instructions from Ephesians on how we are to walk as disciples of Jesus. We’ve learned that we are to walk: 1) in a manner worthy of our calling (4:1), 2) differently from the world...

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Gawking or growing?

The walk of life, part three

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION — Paul has more to say about the disciples’ walk in Ephesians 5. We are to “walk in the way of love” (v. 2). Love has a way (1 Corinthians 13:1-8) and despite what popular culture tells us, it has very little to do with our...

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Gawking or growing?

The walk of life, part two

BY BRUCE GREEN OPINION —Last week we began looking at the second part of Ephesians (chapter 4-6), paying special attention to the five places where Paul uses the word “walk” (ESV). We saw that the first walk had to do with disciples walking in a...

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