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February 5 – Family Keeps Us Humble

Exodus 36-38 Matthew 23:1-22 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.” … Continue reading

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January 13 – Loving the Oppressed, and the Oppressor

(Caught up by this afternoon!)  Genesis 31-32 Matthew 9:18-38 “When he saw the crowds, he felt sorry for them because they were hurting and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36 NCV) Wherever Jesus went, He preached the good … Continue reading

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December 28 – Breaking the Rules of the World

Luke 3:21-38; Ezekiel 42-43; Isaiah 63 Popularity can be a fickle thing. Andy Warhol once said that everyone would have 15 minutes of fame in the future, and we often use that to describe situations when someone becomes popular, only … Continue reading

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August 29 – Drop the Stones

John 8:1-20; 2 Chronicles 1:1-2:16; Zechariah 14 I have a lot to do today. When I’m overwhelmed with tasks that need to be accomplished, I create a “to-do” list. I know, I should do something like that every day, but … 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 7 – Keep On Loving

Matthew 27:32-66; Deuteronomy 7-8; Job 7 People don’t change their minds easily. Research shows that it is much easier to use information to reinforce a belief that is held, no matter how tenuous that belief might be, than it is … Continue reading

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March 3 – The Harvest

Matthew 9:18-38; Leviticus 5-6; Proverbs 21 Nothing stirs a farm into activity like harvest time. Once the crops are ready to be picked, they need to be picked immediately. Delay will make them over-ripe and worthless. During harvest time, everyone … Continue reading

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January 27 – A Taxing Response

Luke 20:1-26; Genesis 35:1-36:43; Psalm 27 It’s tax season again. Let’s see a show of hands. How many of you really love paying taxes? Hmmm. I’m not seeing many hands. The frustrating thing about preparing and paying taxes for many … Continue reading

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December 18 – God in the Ordinary

Micah 5:2-5a; Psalm 80:1-7; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-55 In a small town in Indiana in 1954 a coach with a past that probably doesn’t fit the pedigree of most successful coaches took a team to the state championships. He had … Continue reading

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December 9 – Is It Worth It?

Psalm 126; Isaiah 35:3-7; Luke 7:18-30 “Was it worth it?” I think many of us ask that question as we come to the end of a long project. Was it worth the time and the effort? We look at how … Continue reading

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