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Tuesday of Holy Week

“Jesus replied, ‘Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?’” (Mark 12:24) Less than 100 hours from His arrest, crucifixion, and burial. His last public conversations are with the religious elite. Church people. Those who have committed their entire lives to learning the Scriptures and growing in their knowledge of God. His last hours on the earth, Jesus spent precious time revealing to these men the hypocrisy of their lives (see Mark 11:27-33; 12:1-44; 13:1-37). It’s possible to know much about the Bible but not know the Scriptures. It’s possible to...

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You Just Never Know

The Bible is pretty clear about relationships. Don’t burn bridges. Be faithful. Make immediate amends for intentional and unintentional offenses (see Proverbs 6:1-5; Matthew 5:23-25; and Philemon). You just never know what the future holds. Less than 9 hours from the time I type this, Auburn University will play Virginia in a Final Four game in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You read that right. Auburn. Auburn University. The Auburn Tigers. War Eagle. That Auburn. The Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan, Lawyer Tillman, Cam Newton, and Lionel James Auburn. They are playing basketball in April. I feel like I owe Auburn an apology. Less...

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Bird Watching & Anxiety

Has it ever seemed a bit odd to you that, according to Jesus, a cure (the cure?) for worry and anxiety is to go bird watching? “Consider the birds” Jesus says. The word “consider” literally means “to process information by giving consideration to” something. Yeah. In the middle of a warning against anxiety and worry, Jesus admonishes His listeners to “process information by giving consideration to” . . . Birds. The theological instruction Jesus has for worry is to think about birds. (See Matthew 6:25-27) If you think about this – it’s brilliant. It should be of no surprise, but...

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A Fatal Mistake? Really?

“Be sure of this: I warn you today that you made a fatal mistake when you sent me to the LORD your God and said, ‘Pray to the LORD our God for us; tell us everything he says and we will do it.’” Jeremiah 42:19-20 If you skipped over the verses above, you might want to take another glance. Go ahead. I’ll wait. I know, right? Go ahead and read it again. I’ll wait. . . It looks like Jeremiah is telling his audience that they made a huge mistake by asking him to pray for them. It looks like Jeremiah told them they...

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No Take Backs

“So all the officials and people who entered into this covenant agreed that they would free their male and female slaves and no longer hold them in bondage. They agreed, and set them free. But afterward they changed their minds and took back the slaves they had freed and enslaved them again.” Jeremiah 34:10-11 Did you ever have that friend growing up who would convince you to trade something he wanted from you, for something he had that appeared of value? That friend who would convince you your life would be better if the trade happened? That friend who grew up to be...

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#blessed AMIRIGHT?

“They were even more astonished, saying to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?'” Mark 10:26   The rich young ruler walked away grieving (Mark 10:22). Jesus told him to get rid of everything and follow Him (Mark 10:21).   Jesus said it was hard for the rich to get into heaven (Mark 10:23). As a matter of fact, He said it was easier for one of the largest land animals to enter the tiniest of spaces than for the wealthy to get in (Mark 10:25).   As He was prone to do, He shocked the disciples with His words....

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Listen to Him! Part Three

Read Part One Here and Part Two Here. Why do we have such a hard time listening? Why do we have such a difficult time really hearing what Jesus came to do? Why do we want to keep Jesus from going to or “rescue” from the cross? Third and finally, we do everything we can to avoid SUFFERING. There’s a reason Peter wanted to build tents on top of the mountain. He didn’t want to come back down. Life was easier up there. Life was more glorious up there. Life was less stressful up there. There’s a reason Peter rebuked Jesus...

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Listen to Him! Part Two

Read Part One Here. Why do we have such a hard time listening? Why do we have such a difficult time really hearing what Jesus came to do? Why do we want to keep Jesus from going to, or try to “rescue” Jesus from the cross? A second reason is that it simply sounds TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE.   Recently a gentleman stopped me after the second worship service to tell me there’s got to be more to it. He had just overheard someone talk about what they would say to God after they died and stood before Him. The...

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Listen to Him! Part One

“A cloud appeared, overshadowing them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my beloved Son; listen to him!'” (Mark 9:7)   Moses. Elijah. A transfigured Jesus.  A mountain. A cloud.  James. John. A terrified, talking Peter (Mark 9:2-6).   A voice with a command: Listen to Jesus.    Earlier in the week, Peter rebuked Jesus to quickly be rebuked stronger by Jesus (Mark 8:32-33). Peter didn’t want to listen. Peter couldn’t imagine a Messiah being arrested, beaten, crucified, buried. “Rising from the dead” had no categories in his brain (Mark 9:10).  Peter, like all of us, didn’t want...

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This is My Story, This is My Song

“Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone.” Mark 7:36a Notice Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. Not him. Them, not him. That’s important. Jesus just healed a deaf and mute man. When the healing occurred, not only could he hear . . . but he could also speak (Mark 7:35). Think about that. He had never heard a word or a sentence or a paragraph in his life. Immediately, he was able to understand conversations and contribute, with understanding, conversations happening around him. Immediate ability to use language – understandably – with those around him. It would be the equivalent of me...

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