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August 18 – More Jesus

John 3:22-36; 1 Chronicles 13-14; Zechariah3 “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30 NKJV)  John’s disciples and some of the Jewish leaders got into a dispute about the rules of purification. My guess, based on the wording in … Continue reading

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June 30 – Gaining Power in God’s Kingdom

Mark 10:32-52; 2 Samuel 24; Hosea 4:1-11a There are a lot of self-help books and articles in the world that tell you how to get and use power. It seems that everyone wants power. When you have power, you can … Continue reading

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December 11 – Greatness

Zephaniah 3:14-20; Isaiah 12:2-6; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18 There have been a lot of great people in history. You know that they were great because their last name appears to be “the Great.” We normally think of kings or emperors: … Continue reading

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September 24 – Build Relationships

Psalm 146; Proverbs 28:11-28; Luke 9:43b-48 It is interesting that the passages this week focused on caring for the poor, and looking out for the oppressed. It has been a difficult week for those who are truly seeking justice for … Continue reading

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January 30 – True Greatness

Luke 22:1-38; Genesis 39; Psalm 30 I have always had dreams of being successful when I grow up. Greatness still calls me. The problem is that reality has set in. I’ve grown a lot older. “Greatness” as most people see … Continue reading

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January 9 – Our World

Luke 9:28-62; Genesis 16; Psalm 9 Sometimes I have a difficult time hiding my laughter when a student does something they shouldn’t. As funny as it may be, I have to avoid laughing, knowing that it won’t help discipline with … Continue reading

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June 30 – Wanna Be Great?

Mark 10:32-52; 2 Samuel 24; Hosea 4:1-11a All of us would like to be considered “great.” Think about the ego trip it would be to walk into a restaurant and have everyone know our name and offer to buy us … Continue reading

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January 9 – Humility

Luke 9:28-62; Genesis 16; Psalm 9 People seek greatness. Sometimes that quest for greatness comes at the expense of excellence. Think of all the people around today who are celebrities for doing nothing. Greatness often is achieved while destroying relationships. … Continue reading

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October 1 – Greatness and Glory

Revelation 1; Nehemiah 1-2; Psalm 96 It’s easy to get fixated on national and international problems. What is this dictator doing here? How will we respond to this disaster there? Will our country survive this latest crisis? These problems all … Continue reading

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March 28 – Greatness by Surprise

Matthew 23:1-12; Numbers 22:41-23:26; Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1 He was a proud politician who talked about his life and career and invited people to examine his life. He thought he was immune from trouble. The problem is that as he … Continue reading

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