Understanding Jesus isn’t really possible outside of surrender #holyweek

This morning, reading our daily devotional together, Rebekah and I came across the following passage I'd like to share. The section of the book reflects on our journey through Holy Week on the road from Palm Sunday to Easter. The scripture comes from Luke 20: So they watched Jesus and sent spies who pretended to …

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“Take Heart! I have Overcome the World.”

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”Jesus - John 16:33 Today, the fourth Sunday in Lent, my post comprises the following book excerpt. Read it, consider the situation the world is in today, and then pray …

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If I am wrong – and I often am – I want to fall on the side of grace, not judgment

 Jesus went to Nazareth, where he had been raised. On the Sabbath he went to the synagogue as he normally did and stood up to read. The synagogue assistant gave him the scroll from the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,    because …

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Everyone Counts! Why we need even the weakest among us!

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.1 Corinthians 12:4-6 These past few weeks have involved a lot of visits to eye doctors for my …

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It’s no accident God delivered hope in a baby!

For unto us a Child is born,Unto us a Son is given;And the government will be upon His shoulder.And His name will be calledWonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Of the increase of His government and peaceThere will be no end,Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,To order it and establish it with judgment and justiceFrom that time forward, …

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dealing with writer’s block…

Often, especially when I have trouble getting my writing engine warmed up, a picture prompt can help. So I sat on the front stoop with Max to see if he would cooperate. It was our first selfie together since the beard went away and, while he showed his usual disdain for the Paparazzi, I managed …

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Jesus, the Prodigal Son, Tony Campolo, and Ben Hogan

One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love …

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Living a better story

As the guards led Jesus to be crucified, there was an African man in the crowd named Simon, from Libya. He had just arrived from a rural village to keep the Feast of the Passover. The guards laid Jesus’ cross on Simon’s shoulders and forced him to walk behind Jesus, carrying his cross. Luke 23:26 - something like …

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Letting the Light in

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! - Matthew 6:22-23 NIV - Dr. Porter …

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my grandson Geoffrey, chili, and church (yes, they all go together)

O the deep, deep love of JesusVast unmeasured, boundless, freeRolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over meUnderneath me, all around me, is the currentOf Thy loveLeading onward, leading homeward... (Trevor Francis, 1873) - Grandaddy and Geoffrey I have a couple of photographs to share this Sunday morning. I believe they are related. The …

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