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Listening

When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain (in the presence of Peter, James and John), His heavenly glory burned bright as the sun. Excited by what he saw, Peter immediately began talking of his plan for monuments, but the scripture … Continue reading

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Powerless

The disciples knew power, but they also knew weakness. In Mark chapter 6 records where they were sent out by Jesus with the power over evil spirits and to heal. Afterwards, they returned with stories of demons being cast out and … Continue reading

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Perceptions

Jesus was a carpenter; and to those who knew Him growing up, the image of a tradesman was fixed in their minds. To them, that’s what He was…and all He was ever going to be. Consider what the people of … Continue reading

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Wisdom 19.21

“Many plans are in a man’s heart, but the LORD’s decree will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21 HCSB There’s an old saying among carpenters, “Measure twice, cut once.” because once a cut is made, it can’t be undone. Perhaps it’s a … Continue reading

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Peace

Storms are powerful displays of nature, and when seasons change, the weather can get nasty. In our personal life, “changing winds” can also bring a storm. In the Gospels, there’s a pivotal moment where the disciples sailed into rough seas while Jesus … Continue reading

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Tiny

Big results in God’s kingdom often start very small. Jesus explained it this way: “To what shall we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? It is like a mustard seed which, when it is … Continue reading

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Labels

People will label you various ways; “nice”, “mean”, “attractive”, “talented”, “clumsy”, etc. Some are welcome…and some aren’t. In the Bible, there’s a lot of people who knew about labels. One of them encountered Jesus while in a lifestyle so “colorful” the … Continue reading

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Burdens

Sometimes the journey of faith is filled with “stumped toes” and “skinned knees”. Do you ever feel like sitting down, tending to your wounds, and giving up? If so, you’re not alone. Jesus understands your struggles. Think about that for … Continue reading

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Wisdom 18.21

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:10 NKJV Words lift. Words crush. Words wound. Words heal. Be careful how you use them, since they often … Continue reading

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Humility

Don’t confuse humility with weakness. A person can be in a position of weakness, or forced into submission, and still not have humility. Humility only comes when there is a decision of the will. A strong will can be a … Continue reading

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Pathways

The life of a disciple is not readily understood or embraced by popular culture. Consider how Jesus described the contrast: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and … Continue reading

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Wisdom 17.3

“A crucible for silver, and a smelter for gold, and the LORD is the tester of hearts.” – Proverbs 17:3 HCSB Pure gold and silver are valuable, but soft. In commercial use, other metals are added to lower the cost … Continue reading

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Delivered

Temptation is real, and as close as our thoughts. Jesus never glossed over it, and in the model prayer, He said this: “…And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” Matthew 6:13a NKJV Our … Continue reading

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Forgiving

Forgiveness is part of the Christian life. Consider the fourth phrase in Jesus’ model prayer is: “…And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” – Matthew 6:12 NKJV Genuinely asking for someone’s forgiveness goes against pride. It’s based … Continue reading

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Yours

What’s the significance of praying about the kingdom? The second phrase in Jesus’ model prayer is: “…Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10 NKJV What exactly are we asking for when requesting His … Continue reading

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Wisdom 16.32

“Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s temper, than capturing a city.” – Proverbs 16:32 HCSB All power is a temporary arrangement which ultimately yields to God’s sovereignty. Even the most authoritative rulers eventually succumb to death, which ends … Continue reading

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Strong

“An eye for an eye” seems fair (and was stated so in Leviticus for legal guidance), but Jesus’ teaching on the subject was directed at personal hearts and attitudes, not jurisprudence. He said this:  “You have heard that it was said, … Continue reading

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Trustworthy

What does it mean to “keep your word”? Is it sticking to a promise as long as the other person does, or is it more? When it comes to describing an event or recalling a conversation, what does “integrity of story” mean? … Continue reading

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Wisdom 16.25

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” – Proverbs 16:25 NKJV Be careful what you base your standards on. If we simply construct our own “ethical code”, we’ll set … Continue reading

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Reception

The truth isn’t always welcome. For example, in His hometown synagogue, Jesus read a passage from Isaiah regarding the coming Messiah. He said this to the audience: “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” – Luke 4:21 NKJV Luke … Continue reading

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