How wide, how long, how high, and how deep

- HMPC Sunday morning (note the "Holy Spirit ribbons!") I pray that Christ will live in your hearts because of your faith. I pray that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of …

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The Amazing Power of Knowing Scripture! (“If I were teaching” – week 6)

- some of the Bibles on my bookshelf This weekend's "If I were teaching" post is going to focus - albeit very briefly - on the scriptures. In the chapter (10 Life-Charged Words), I focused on three keywords: SCRIPTURE: The sacred writings of the Bible.LOGOS: A ground, order, knowledge; the animating principle of divinity; the …

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200 men, on their feet, shouting!

“Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!” - Joshua 6:10When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout... the wall collapsed; so everyone charged …

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What is your big “2020 Covid” project

The discipline of putting other things aside in order to worship together has an absolute spiritual benefit! - DM - Derek Maul lives and writes in North Carolina I don't know if you have invested yourself in one of those "2020 Covid Projects"? But a lot of people are doing some interesting things, using the …

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“You can’t improvise unless you have something to improvise from”

Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. - Romans 8:35,37 CEB I've shared before how vitally important it is for me to …

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some words about the word, and the Living Word – a.k.a. Jesus

He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God. - 1 Peter 1:20-21 A …

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You Keep Using That Word; I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means

A few days ago I scrolled through one of those "I'm right, you're wrong" conversations on Facebook, and I was saddened to see one participant reject another viewpoint out of hand with the dismissive, derisive, "Obviously, you don't accept the authority of scripture." Over the years I have observed that the phrase, you don't accept the authority …

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the pause that refreshes… and reenergizes… and yields amazing results!

"Be still, and know that I am God (Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am Elohim!). I rule the nations. I rule the earth!" Psalm 46 These past few days have had a decidedly autumnal feel about them. "Autumn," for those who may be wondering, is what they call this …

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expectations – rather than, “meet then exceed,” Jesus turns them upside down

One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him,  and he began to teach them:  - Matthew 5 Mondays, for the next few weeks, I'd like to invite you to journey with my Sunday morning class as we make our way through the …

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immersed in the good story: perspective on the Bible

God, teach me lessons for living     so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—     my whole life one long, obedient response. Guide me down the road of your commandments;     I love traveling this freeway! Give me a bent for your words of wisdom,     and not for …

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