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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Jesus is the truth – don’t be distracted by the mess we make of it!

Jesus: "One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part." Luke 10:38-42 I have a lot of thoughts running through my mind today. It's possible that they are random; but more likely they are connected in some way. So I'll unhinge the lid on my head, lean over to the side a little, and kind …

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“the power equation” and God

Pilate entered his headquarters again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate then said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless …

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Jesus defies convention (connecting with the source for the best wine)

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive …

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a faith that is systemic, not merely topical

BIRDS and more BIRDS: Today's photographs come from another snowy day here in Wake Forest, North Carolina. It really is beautiful here in the Piedmont, and the birds are grateful for the feeders. I hope you will enjoy the images. In other news, I'd like to share something from my discipleship class at WFPC. This …

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The meaning of the Nativity – Advent Day 18

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 na·tiv·i·ty - nəˈtivitē: "Birth, especially the place, conditions, or circumstances of being born." also, "The occasion of a person's birth." In its …

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grant us wisdom, grant us courage…

There's a lot of hate in the world - we all know that - and a lot of mistrust, and a lot of pain. And sometimes it becomes easier, or less taxing, or simply more convenient for us to say things such as: "This is a result of hundreds of years of conflict, and abuse, …

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doing life around the table

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. - John 12:1-2 This week I've been mining the same raw material to produce articles for a variety of …

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weddings, baptism, ministry, people, joy, and “the very best” of everything…

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. - 1 John 4:11-12 As a "preacher's spouse" - aka clergy-hubby - one of …

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good news, soccer, hobbits, naysayers, and beautiful feet

How are they to proclaim [the Lord] unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15-16a) Ok, let's get this out of the way: My feet are not pretty. I'm guessing it has a lot to do with four decades of soccer, various other unkindnesses …

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