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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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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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