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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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Comfort, Confidence, and Great Teeth

“Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4) Earlier this week I went to the dentist for a bi-annual cleaning. I wasn’t scared. I wasn’t nervous. I didn’t dread it. Though I didn’t look forward to it necessarily, I was confident my pearly whites would shine when told to “open wide.”  I even had a thought or two of my face becoming the model patient for the dentist office. If you know anything about my history – you will know this is a big deal. Like a REALLY big deal. I haven’t always been this confident. I haven’t...

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The Love of the Camera Man

“He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3) College football season ended Monday night. The NFL only has 3 games remaining. In one sense, I am very sad. I love watching football. To quote my 13 year old son: “The day after the last football game is right up there with the day after your birthday.” In another sense, it is a good thing. I get a large part of my life back. If you, like me, have watched a lot of football recently – you have probably noticed something about the television cameras. They...

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Know the Shepherd

In reality, the reason we sheep so often let other “shepherds” guide us is because we really don’t trust THE Shepherd. And, the reason we don’t trust THE Shepherd is because we don’t know Him. The more you know about Him, and the more you experience what He says to be true about Himself, the more confidence you place in Him. Here are 3 ways you can begin (or continue) this journey immediately: 1.GRAZE Nothing can substitute daily feasting on the Word of God for yourself. Nothing. Pardon the word, but in keeping with the 23rd Psalm theme, I cannot...

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The 6 P’s that Keep Us Psycho

According to Philip Keller, there are several reasons sheep never settle. They rarely rest. Their propensity toward pitiful is rampant. This is what makes Psalm 23 so beautiful, so rich, so longed for, so. . . foreign to our souls (if we are being honest). Using some of my own language and terms (borrowed from Keller), below are 6 reasons sheep (real ones and us humans) remain pyscho, not content, restless. Predators  Sheep are frightened at the slightest sign of another animal. The scurrying of a rabbit can cause an entire herd to believe the king of the jungle present...

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