Boldness and the Inside of the Cup

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I have two thoughts to share with you from my reading in Luke 11 today… 5Then he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to …

A means to an end – Luke 10

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In Luke 10 Jesus sends out 72 disciples into the various towns in the region to perform signs and wonders and preach the good news.  They were given power from on high to do such things, and were filled with joy when they returned… 17The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your …

Don’t look back…

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Here was part of my reading today… 57As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59He said to another man, “Follow me.” But the man …

The Synagogue Ruler

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I want to make my thoughts clear today without offending anyone so hopefully you can see the deeper meaning behind what I am writing without me spelling it out for you.  When you hear of the word “Pharisee” or “Sanhedrin” or any other Jewish leader title in the New Testament, what do you think of?  For me, I admit I …

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 …

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 …

The Barbarian Invasion

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I’ve had a lot of false starts in my life.  I’m not saying this is one of them, or that this is even a ‘start’ at all, but my heart is open at the moment because of I book I picked up and started reading today.  The Barbarian Way is a book by Erwin McManus (apparently I’m not too ashamed …