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June 11 – The Work is Over, The Battle is Done

Ezra 1-2 John 19:23-42 “When Jesus tasted the vinegar, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and died.” (John 19:30 NCV) Three simple words in English, translate one word in the Greek. “It is finished.” Jesus came … Continue reading

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May 30 – God’s Power or Worldly Power?

2 Chronicles 10-12 John 11:30-57 “Then the leading priests and Pharisees called a meeting of the council. They asked, ‘What should we do? This man is doing many miracles. If we let him continue doing these things, everyone will believe … Continue reading

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April 28 – About This God and Caesar Thing

1 Kings 3-5 Luke 20:1-26 “Jesus said to them, ‘Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and give to God the things that are God’s.’” (Luke 20:25 NCV) Taxes are a sore subject with most people. Most people … Continue reading

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April 13 – Responding to the Powers That Be

Acts 4:1-22; Deuteronomy 19-20; Job 13 The phrase “speaking truth to power” has almost become a cliché these days. Sometimes you hear people in power say terrible things and they proclaim that all they are doing is that speaking truth … Continue reading

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April 3 – Extravagant!

Matthew 26:1-25; Numbers 35-36; Job 3 Last Christmas I had a major dilemma. As I looked at the Nieman-Marcus Christmas Catalog, I couldn’t decide from all of those cool, original gifts. The five-band emerald cut diamond bracelet almost had me. … Continue reading

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March 1 – Ministry Costs

Matthew 8:14-34; Leviticus 1-2; Proverbs 19 Mother Teresa became convinced at the age of 12 that she was called to religious life. She left her home in Macedonia at the age of 18 and joined a convent in Ireland, never … Continue reading

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January 30 – Your Serve

Luke 22:1-38; Genesis 39; Psalm 30 It’s a theme used in many detective stories. The detective gathers all the suspects in one room and before he or she begins the explanation of the case that leads to the apprehension of … Continue reading

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October 27 – Poverty and Wealth

2 Thessalonians 1; Isaiah 25-26; Psalm 117 There is this ridiculous concept floating around in “spiritual” circles that God assigns financial wealth to people of high spiritual quality. Just as ridiculous is the idea that people living in poverty have … Continue reading

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November 14 – Putting Muscle on the Bones of Faith

James 2; Jeremiah 23-24; Psalm 130 What you believe makes a difference in how you act. Most of us get in a car every day and believe that the car will get us to where we want to go. As … Continue reading

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September 12 – What Love Is

John 14:15-31; 2 Chronicles 21:2-22:12; Psalm 79 What is it that tells the world that we are followers of God – that we love Jesus? So many people point to extraneous things they have or have done that it seems … Continue reading

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