Caiaphas and Peter – both missing the point

So they arrested him and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance. The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there. A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was …

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If we do Lent right then we won’t get Easter wrong!

 As the time approached when Jesus was to be taken up into heaven, he determined to go to Jerusalem.Luke 9:51 Plan ahead and order now: My calendar tells me we are fast approaching the season of Lent, the weeks leading up to Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Good Friday, and the explosively joyful celebration that is …

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“Take heart! I have overcome the world!” (82 hours on a Greyhound, and other memories)

"A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! …

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Jesus knew the scriptures; to understand him, we must too

Again, the high priest asked, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the blessed one?”Jesus said, “I am. And you will see the Human One sitting on the right side of the Almighty and coming on the heavenly clouds.”Mark 14:61-62 There is a lot on my mind this morning: There is excitement and anticipation - because …

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The Jesus Imperative (live like you mean it)

"The words that I speak to you aren’t mere words. I don’t just make them up on my own. The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act." - Jesus, John 14:10 - author Derek Maul It's an interesting sensation to know that tens, hundreds, possibly thousands of people are reading …

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Bringing it all together: “Lord, teach us how to pray”

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. 43 A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. - Acts 2:42-43 Currently, I am reading and studying two books through this season of Lent. One is via an ongoing …

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“Would you listen already?” – Lent is a good time to pay attention to Jesus

Jesus answered, “Don’t you know what I am talking about by now?" - Mark 7:18a We can find this phrase, or others just like it, scattered throughout the gospels. I would love to have seen the body-language Jesus used to go along with his exasperation! I'm sure there was a lot of head shaking, eye …

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Won’t You Join Me? A personal invitation to experience Lent 2021

“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” - Jesus, John 8:31 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcAPyG49UfU - Derek Maul "Invitation to a Sacred Journey" (2:30) Recently, in a moment best described as either optimism or poor judgment, I committed to making a series …

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For 2021, let’s plan to do Lent right (an invitation)

- author Derek Maul in the Holy Lands Hello everyone! Believe it or not, the next big thing on the Christian calendar is Lent. That's right, February 16 is Shrove Tuesday, and February 17 will be Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. If anything, these Covid protocols that keep us separate from one-another make …

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