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A Saying We Can Accept

Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15 I don’t have to tell you this. You see it. You hear it. You read it. Opinions about rioting, Trump, and COVID-19 are everywhere. If you say something, you mess up. If you keep quiet, you mess up. If you protest violently, you are wrong. If you protest silently, you are “saying” something offensive. If you wear a mask, you love your neighbor or you don’t have enough faith. If you don’t wear a...

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Greener Grass?

“Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies have no sense.” (Proverbs 12:11) I’ve always assumed this Proverb was about hard work. A quick flyover takeaway is simple: Work hard. Stop fantasizing. Do the work. Don’t daydream. True, the inspired author of Proverbs did mean hard work is essential and wise. But that’s not all this word of wisdom is teaching us. In fact, it may not even be the main point of the Proverb. Look a little closer with me. . . Notice carefully what he says: “Those who work their land. ....

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The Nostalgic God

“To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.” (Isaiah 54:9) When God brings up the past, it is always to reveal His gracious character. When God gets nostalgic, it is to show what He intended. When God reminisces, He tells us how it benefits us. God is. So when He reflects on the past, it is history to us . . . not Him. When God speaks of something...

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What’s Your Hurry?

“For you will not leave in a hurry, and you will not have to take flight; because the Lord is going before you, and the God of Israel is your rear guard.” (Isaiah 52:12) I cannot get this verse out of my head. The implications of this are many and massive. This is Isaiah prophesying to Israel that they will be delivered from being exiles in Babylon. When delivered, after 70 years of captivity mind you, they were leave – get this – slowly. Now I don’t know about you, but I imagine I would find that hard to do. For...

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Double

“. . . she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:2, emphasis mine)   Though a dream for the consumer, it would be a horrible business model. Completely unsustainable.    What if CarMax gave you two cars for every one you agreed to pay for? What if every item at the grocery store was buy one, get two free? What if every time you bought a tank of gas, you got a voucher for two free fill ups? What if you borrowed $500.00 from the bank and they promised to throw in an extra...

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Jesus’ Seven Sayings and Balance

The Gospel writers record for us seven different – and breathtaking – sayings from Jesus between the time He was hoisted on the cross and when He breathed His last. Seven is a perfect number. Seven implies “wholeness” in biblical thought. You can make a pretty good case that if all you had to go on were Jesus’ last words, you would have a whole picture of what He came to do and accomplish. As I have studied and read and pondered these sayings over the past seven weeks, I have noticed something. No, I don’t believe what I am...

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Balance Media Headlines with the Headlines of the Bible

Isaiah 11:1-3a 1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,     the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears. . . You know what your soul needs right now – more than anything? The same as my soul. We need the wisdom and understanding...

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Hope When Know One Sees

Luke 18:9-14 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else:  10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee was standing and praying like this about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I’m not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’ 13 “But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this one went down to...

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A Pink Elephant

Luke 24:36-48 36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” 40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have...

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Barabbas – 20 Questions

See Luke 23:13-25 What did Barabbas do after he was released?  Did he realize what had just happened? Did he stick around to watch what would happen to the One who was innocent? Did he wonder if Jesus was getting what he deserved?  Did he go home and make things right with those he hurt? Did he use his newfound freedom to stir up more riots? Did he go and celebrate with his friends? What did Barabbas do when he learned Jesus rose from the dead? Was his life different because he was free? Did he ever get arrested again?...

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