Some thoughts about Simon

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Earlier today I was reading about a certain Simon who was a Pharisee and who invited Jesus into his home.  I was intrigued by the story and wanted to know more about him.  I wanted to know if he was the same Simon who took Jesus cross for him.  Turns out…he wasn’t.  However, in my research I ran across some …

217 pounds – 1 pound again?

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Apparently I didn’t mean it before and seeing as this is Tuesday and I haven’t exercised yet this week, I would venture to say that my heart isn’t really in this yet.  I’m going to play as many holes of golf as I can in a couple of hours so hopefully that will help me get started.  Anyway, here’s keeping …

Luke 7 – Part Two – Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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John the Baptist had been waiting for the Messiah to come.  He heard the calling to prepare the way for him and began preaching about his soon arrival.  Then, a man named Jesus shows up.  He heals the sick, makes the lame walk…even brings a child back from the dead.  So what does John do?  Well of course he has …

Golfing Bountiful Ridge

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Isn’t great to spend time with friends?  It’s been a long time since Billy and I spent as much time with each other as we have this week.  Monday we did 18 at Schneiter’s Riverside, Tuesday we did 18 at Bountiful Ridge, Friday we did 9 at the Bluff and he just called me for another 9 this afternoon.  It’s …

Garfield’s Thanksgiving (and Romans 7)

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Just had to share this little clip from Garfield’s Thanksgiving.  Ansley and I watch this about 3 times a week and reading through Romans 7 it just came to mind a lot.  Read it yourself and I’m sure you’ll draw the same connection!

Slaves to righteousness

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I was reading Romans 6 today. The chapter talks about dying and being resurrected in Christ and identifying with him in this way.  Yet I found something today I’ve not seen before… “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey – whether you are …

218 pounds – 1 pound this week

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This isn’t going to be as easy as I thought.  I mean come on!  1 pound?  I need to do better.  I hate that I’m starting off slow because you can see by my milestones that I’ve got some pretty lofty milestones up front.  I hope I don’t need to adjust them.  We’ll see what happens once October hits and …

Luke 7 – Part One – The Centurion

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As I was reading through Luke chapter 7, I couldn’t believe how much great stuff was there, so I decided to try and take it in smaller chunks and blog about it. The first section deals with a centurion soldier.  He had a sick servant who he highly valued and wanted Jesus to come and heal him.  Here’s the thing …

Jesus and Politics

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I noticed today in Luke 6 something that I never noticed before.  Jesus had to operate in a world of professional politics.  Check this out… “And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he …

Healthy People Don’t Need Doctors

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Just a quick note to share a verse from my reading in Luke 5 today. “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31 I am challenging myself today to search for those places in earnest…places where real people with real problems dwell. …

Opportunity Knocks

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My reading was from Luke 4 today.  2 things grabbed my attention.  First, after Jesus was led into the wilderness for forty days and then was tempted by the devil, the passage says something interesting about Satan’s departure… “When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.” Luke 4:13 We must always be aware …

Jesus Cleaning House

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My experience over the last 8 years has me living in Utah and constantly defending a position that good works can never erase the bad you’ve done and only through a belief in Christ can your sins be forgiven.  Once forgiven, God sees you as He sees Christ – perfectly holy, and fit for eternity with Him.  Nothing can separate …

113 days till Christmas!

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I woke up this morning and Ansley as staring right in my face asking me to get up and watch a movie.  We recently borrowed a bunch of cartoon dvds from some friends, so we picked up a collection of mickey mouse christmas movies.  The first one we watched didn’t even have mickey in it.  It was called “The Small …

Thomas vs Theophilus

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After finishing John, I have decided to keep reading about the life of Christ in my daily quiet time.  I’ve decided on the book of Luke next. I noticed a couple of things in the first chapter.  The first is how Luke states the purpose for his writing… “Having carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I also have decided to …

Confessions at Thanksgiving Point

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I am really writing this so that I can look back some day at where I came from. I recently played in the Utah Mid-Amateur Championship.  It is a tournament reserved for men at least 25 years of age and at least a 9.9 handicap index.  It was played at Thanksgiving Point – course that we played from the tips…7700 …

Written that you may believe

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“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” -John 20:31 What a great way to end the scene of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  John was so careful to point out who was where and when and what happened and the whole …

Here is Your King

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I imagine a lowly Jewish girl on the day of Christ’s crucifixion.  I imagine her seeing the crowd, the mob, making its way to the town square.  I imagine her getting caught up in the excitement, hearing the rumors, speculations on what this man did.  I imagine her even beginning to hate this man.  After all, she had grown up …

The Olive Grove

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“When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley.  On the other side there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it.  Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.” It is evident from this passage, that when Jesus needed some …

How to Grow Fruit

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My dad was an apple farmer.  I wish I had been old enough to understand the job when I was younger so that I could have helped him with it.  One day I asked him about pruning.  I asked what the general idea was so that I could understand it beyond just randomly hacking off branches.  He explained that it’s …

My Goal

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So here is the story to date:  I have decided to set some goals for my golf game this year.  Well, actually one goal…to break 80 from the back tees.  I don’t think I care which course it’s on, but there’s a monkey on my back that I have to remove.  It’s so difficult for me.  I really do practice …

It’s Hard to Submit

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My Bible reading today was Romans chapter 9.  I don’t think there is a tougher portion of scripture to read and just accept as is.  It’s hard not to question some of the phrases found there, and yet, that is what the chapter is about – submission.  It begs an answer from me, “who am I to question God?”  I …

No comparison…

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Read this timeless verse today and wanted to share it… “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” -Romans 8:18 What I’m considering today is how miniscule my problems are and how great God is and yet He still cares about my problems.  I hope this verse will encourage …