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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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My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

“He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.” Luke 23:25   “We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Luke 23:41     Sing it with me: “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!”    Have you ever noticed the “and” in that line? Edward Mote thought it important to write that we needed both the blood and righteousness of Jesus. If Ed were to ask you...

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Gettin’ Ahead of God

When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, “Lord, should we strike with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Luke 22:49-50   Have you ever gone ahead of God? I mean, have you ever asked Him for insight, wisdom, direction, etc. and not waited for an answer? Me either. But you probably know someone who has. Haha. We all have, right? (This is the part where I am hoping...

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“And Grace My Fears Relieved”

Earlier this week, I listened to a sermon by Winn Collier. In the sermon he referenced a story by Walter Wangerin. I found the story at a website (Todd Stiles’ blog) and learned the story came from one of Wangerin’s books titled Little Lamb, Who Made Thee? It is a moving story, demonstrating a beautiful picture of the Gospel. Enjoy. “And Grace My Fears Relieved” The coming of the Kingdom is like the coming of my father to my brothers and me when we sat fishing, blithely fishing, from a ledge twelve feet above the water in a stony cove...

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If You See Something, Say Something

I recently had another physical. So. Much. Fun. Nothing says “have an incredible day!” like stepping on a scale, walking from the bathroom with a warm cup, and giving 26 pounds of blood. I use to think it couldn’t get any worse. Then I turned 40. Now I hate – HATE – plastic gloves. Have you ever noticed they (nurse, lab tech, the one giving you the colonoscopy of questions) always asks if you have lost or gained more than 10 lbs in the last 30 days (or something like that)? I wondered why this was a question, AFTER they...

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Majoring on the Minors

“The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’” (Luke 18:11-12) Think about all the good and religious and “god” things this Pharisee did: He went to the temple to pray He was thankful He didn’t steal He wasn’t a crook He didn’t cheat on his wife He didn’t rob people unfairly out of their taxes He was true to his country (tax collectors betrayed their nationality by siding with Rome...

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Expect Nothing

“Anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Jesus – Luke 18:17) This year was the first Christmas one of our children gave gifts to the family. Sure. There have been years we all joyfully (read: faked a big smile) received gifts of “home-made” crafts made during Sunday School (read: glue and glitter all over the backseat of the car) or trinkets found in the back of a closet (read: their sibling’s toys). But this is the first year where actual thought, money, and energy went into it. It was nice...

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