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From the Editors

Meet The Writer: Dr. John Koessler

John Koessler, professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute, recently celebrated his 25th year as a member of the Moody faculty. Originally from the Detroit, Michigan area, John and his wife, Jane, now live in northwestern Indiana. They have two adult sons. Writer, teacher, and pastor, John writes devotionals for Today in the Word, authors the "Theology Matters" column every month, and serves as our theological editor. His latest book is Practicing the Present: The Neglected Art of Living in the Now (Moody Publishers). Read more of John's writing at

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Theology Matters

The Holy City

Jerusalem is often called the "holy city." What makes this particular city so special? It is because God chose to make Jerusalem His city. In Deuteronomy 12:5 the Lord promised Moses that He would choose a "place" among the tribes of Israel "to put his Name there for his dwelling." This special place would become a center for worship, a place where God's people would bring their burnt offerings, sacrifices, and tithes.

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Today with the President

Is Your God Too Small?

When our children were little, they would ask Dee and me some pretty deep theological questions: How big is God? What does He look like? Because we wanted to be good parents and raise our children in the knowledge of the Lord, we would do our best to explain exactly who God is. I would tell them that God is bigger and more powerful than anything they could imagine: bigger than the tallest skyscraper, more powerful than their favorite super hero. And I would read to them from the Bible where Isaiah says God is so big He holds the oceans in the palm of His hand (Isa. 40:12).

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