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Conversations

Jesus’ mission was based on a heavenly schedule. He would minister for a time in a certain area, then move on. At the beginning, He was in Judea, and as He left to go back to Galilee, there’s a small … Continue reading

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Absolute

Jesus came from above. Some would say, “that’s stating the obvious”, but consider the far-reaching implications of “from above” in Jesus’ own words: “He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and … Continue reading

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Finishing

It’s been said, “How you finish is more important than how you start.” Such was the case with a man mentioned early in John’s gospel account. In chapter 3, a Pharisee named Nicodemus is recorded as coming to Jesus at … Continue reading

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Wisdom’s Prayer

“The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before … Continue reading

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Beyond

People love miracles. When Jesus was healing and feeding the crowds, He was their hero; and the atmosphere was exciting. Everyone were pressing in to get a glimpse of what was happening, however, Jesus saw beyond the cheers and accolades. … Continue reading

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Dots

Ever seen a children’s dot-to-dot puzzle? Sometimes the truth can be like one; you start with the first dot, move to the next one, and eventually a picture forms. Such was the case with this statement Jesus made to the Jewish … Continue reading

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Unclear

Have you ever faced a problem without a clear solution to pray for? Jesus’ Mom did. Her friends were out of wine at their wedding feast (which was a substantial issue considering the structured nature and social implications of such … Continue reading

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Seeking

We all have questions. Even Jesus asked questions. As a matter of fact, He asked a lot of questions, but not for need of more information. His questions were for the listeners’ benefit. In John 1, we find: “Again, the … Continue reading

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Tempted with Insecurity

Jesus again was tested in the wilderness, and Satan challenged Jesus’ scripture-based rebuttal with a passage quote of his own: Satan: “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down [from this pinnacle], for it is written ‘He shall … Continue reading

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Tempted with Logic

Jesus was tested in the wilderness. It was a barren place and He was physically weakened from forty days of fasting. By contrast, Adam and Eve were in a perfect place; well-fed and comfortable. In both situations, each one faced Satan’s trickery, but … Continue reading

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Clarification

When John the Baptist began preaching about the kingdom, his words were received in different ways. He preached about repentance and a lifestyle that reflected a change of direction. Specific groups of people even asked what the “fruit of repentance” … Continue reading

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Reflections

Why is there a “New Year”? Is it because we simply continue celebrating celestial events like the ancients did? For many it probably is, but there’s more to the story. Linear time was created with the rest of the universe. … Continue reading

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Detours

Have you ever been driving along when a detour sign forces you off-course? The road of life can be that way too, and you’ve probably experienced it; having a route all planned when someone walks up holding a “detour sign” … Continue reading

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Focus

Simeon’s biography in Luke’s gospel is an “espresso” passage (small serving size, but strong content). He’s described as just, devout, and waiting for the Consolation of Israel. The Holy Spirit leads him to the Temple to see Jesus. As he holds Him … Continue reading

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Expectations

God recognizes no boundaries but His own. When Jesus was born, the stable wasn’t an unwanted by-product of a crowded town, it was the plan. The timing wasn’t unforeseen, nor the circumstances. Jesus was born a Jew, within the confines … Continue reading

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Immanuel

For Joseph and Mary, the crude surroundings and odd circumstances of Jesus’ birth probably added to the long list of unanswered questions. What did it all mean?  In the midst of the chaos, there’s a moment Luke describes of calm … Continue reading

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Unanswered

Do your prayers ever seem unanswered? There’s a beautiful story in Luke of two people who struggled with silence…Zacharias and Elizabeth. They endured daily shame in a culture that believed no children was a sign of hidden sin. However, according … Continue reading

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Wisdom 14.12

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” – Proverbs 14:12 NIV At the end of it all, our opinions about “what’s right” will be irrelevant. Polling data, legal rulings, … Continue reading

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Sustained

“Cotton candy” inspiration may be tasty, but the fluffy stuff just doesn’t last very long. Over the centuries, the people of God have faced rugged challenges and the Word of God has proven to be the only lasting source of … Continue reading

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Shamgar

Thought about Shamgar much lately? Probably not. He was one of the Judges of Israel like Samson and Gideon. However, he rarely makes the cut for children’s Sunday School lessons because the entire biblical narrative of his life consist of … Continue reading

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