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Dinner Parties, Legalism, and Politics – Mark 8:1-21

After Jesus fed the four thousand people, they took their boat across the lake and ran into some Pharisees who confronted Jesus and asked for a sign. Jesus rebuked them, and then got out of town with His disciples. On … Continue reading

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November 13 – Wait For It, Wait For it, Wait For It….

James 1; Jeremiah 21-22; Psalm 129 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:2-3 NKJV)  There are times when the book of James requires reading … Continue reading

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August 24 – God Doesn’t Care About Your Past – He’s Guiding Your Future

Psalm 116-118 1 Corinthians 7:1-19 “It is not important if a man is circumcised or not. The important thing is obeying God’s commands.” (1 Corinthians 7:19 NCV) How does God want us to live in light of the soon coming … Continue reading

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August 4 – The Answer, Of Course, Is Jesus

Late today because I hit the ground running and haven’t had a chance to write until now. Psalm 66-67 Romans 7 “You might think I am saying that sin and the law are the same thing. That is not true. … Continue reading

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April 5 – Dangerous Worship Leads to Living Dangerously

1 Samuel 1-3 Luke 8:26-56 “All the people of the Gerasene country asked Jesus to leave, because they were all very afraid. So Jesus got into the boat and went back to Galilee.” (Luke 8:37) He had terrorized the area … Continue reading

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November 2 – Just Do It My Way…

1 Timothy 4; Isaiah 38-39; Psalm 119:121-144 A friend recently released a book that had me nervous at first. The bad guy…er…the villain(s) in the story are part of a cult. Every warning bell in my head went off. I’m … Continue reading

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October 2 – First Love

Revelation 2; Nehemiah 3; Psalm 97 When my wife and I first started dating, we were insufferable. People had us pegged to be married within a week. We did a lot of handholding, talking incessantly until late at night, we … Continue reading

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April 25 – Paradigm Shifts

Acts 10:34-48; Joshua 9-10; Job 25 In AD 312, Constantine was facing a battle for control of the Western Roman Empire. He had a vision of a cross in the sky hearing the words, “In this sign, you shall conquer.” … Continue reading

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October 5 – God’s Got This

Psalm 3; Habakkuk 2:12-20; Mark 11:12-14 20-24 This is the season of fear. We have a holiday devoted to scaring and frightening other people. And no, I’m not talking about election day, although you might think that from all the … Continue reading

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January 17 – Holy Spirit

(I just realized that I didn’t post this yesterday. I apologize!) Second Sunday after the Epiphany Isaiah 62:1-5 (God like the bridegroom and the bride); Psalm 36:5-10 (We feast on the abundance of God’s house); 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (A variety … Continue reading

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