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Isaiah 9:6-7"For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to u...

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Mary DID know!

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"And Mary said: My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for the Mighty One has done great things for me - Holy is His name." (Luke 1:46-47, 49) Try to picture Mary's situation in today's terms or your life directly. We are really busy living moment by moment; kids to school, kids to practice, appointments, work duties, social engagements, house...

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First Things First

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"To love you as I should, I must worship God as Creator. When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are ...

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Bush in the Desert

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Was challenged to find a passage that could help me with an area in my walk that, well let's say needs improving or I miss the boat on. For me it can be summed up as, trying to do things in my own strength instead of being led by the Spirit. In Luke 4, the temptation of Jesus, verse one talks about how the Holy Spirit led Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted by Satan, an...

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Grit Your Teeth and Pray for the Jerk

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Luke 6:27-28 "But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you " Lets keep this short and practical: *Who can you think of right now that hates you or at least strongly dislikes you?(remember, Jesus promised the world will hate you because of Him...so someone out there doesn't like y...

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The Greatest Among You...

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Luke 22 After three years of an unbelievable ministry full of miraculous healings, silencing his opponents strongest arguments, speaking transformational truths and often with masses of people following after him, Jesus concludes his ministry before the crucifixion with something I find shocking. These last words he speaks to his disciples are profoundly simple. Anyone ca...

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Unanswerable Questions for Jesus

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Luke 20:27-40 Is there any question God cannot answer? Have you ever had any particular question or problem where it seems that not even the Bible could answer it? I sure have on many occasions, far more than I would probably like to admit. These questions and problems can nag at us for years, even lifetimes, and prevent us from growing in a meaningful and fulfilling way ...

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Word of the Day: Luke 15:11-24

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A couple of things that I got out of studying this passage were 1) The father ran to the son. The father seeks out his son as the sovereign God seeks out unworthy sinners. 2) The father did not ask him to "earn" his forgiveness, because no amount of good works can save us from our sins. Randy Smith...

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Humility

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LUKE 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. JAMES 4:6....God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. PROVERBS 3:34Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. "Many writers in the Bible advise us to be humble, but we often think that our status in society or church carries so...

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The Fruit Inspector

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When I read today's reading from Luke 13:1-22, I always find myself guilty of inspecting other's fruit production instead of examining my own. Luke 13:6-8And he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tr...

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Big Decision Every Day

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“…they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them…” 1 Samuel 8:7b“For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it…” Luke 9:24a What an interesting ‘coincidence’ for today’s reading. Different authors, very different circumstances, multiple centuries apart and yet a very consis...

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Useful to the Master

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“…He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples…” Luke 9:16b While reading this very familiar passage in Luke 9 describing Jesus feeding the 5,000, I was instantly reminded of the verse and more specifically the phrase I would like to be remembered by once I've gone to be with Jesus face to face. It’s in 2 Timothy 2...

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Only Believe

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"Do not be afraid any longer; only believe..." Luke 8:50 The most repeated command in the Bible is represented in this verse. God inspires the authors of Scripture to say it in different ways; fear not, be not afraid, do not fear, etc. but it always has the same message. God wants us to trust Him rather than be gripped with fear. Fear can be terribly debilitating, leaving...

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He's Always There

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“Master, Master, we are perishing!” If you're anything like me, there are times we feel very much like the disciples who are casually moving through life and suddenly the proverbial rug is pulled right out from under us. We've all experienced the shock...a boss informs you that they had to make one more round of cuts and you're in it; a beloved family member d...

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Our Perspective

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Today's reading includes two very compelling messages at opposite ends of the human condition. The first was found in the very last verse in the book of Judges:"In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes." (Judges 21:25). The second was found in Luke 7:47, "...her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but ...

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Just Say The Word

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“…just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Luke 7:7b Not most times but absolutely ever time I read this account of Jesus healing a centurion’s slave I feel like a second class Christian. This guy’s faith blows me away! I immediately identify with another guy who was also asking Jesus for a miracle; he wanted Jesus to heal his son ...

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Word of the Day: Romans 6:5-7

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Sin is not just the breaking of Sunday school do’s and don’ts. It is not the violating of some impersonal cosmic code of morality. Sin is a personal offense against the creator. It unravels and corrupts each aspect of creation… 1. Sin distorts the distinction between Creator and created. We put ourselves at the center of the universe and the center of...

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Digging Deep

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Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.Luke 6:47-48 When I think of digging deep, I am quick to think of studying th...

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Word of the Day: Luke 8:39

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"Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you." Luke 8:39 What a great scene that must have been in Luke 8 when Jesus was confronted by a man who was possessed with demons. Luke 8:27 says the man "…was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time and was not living in a house, but in tombs." So he didn't eve...

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September 11th

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The enemy attacked without warning…we knew that the enemy was there but the attack was a surprise. General Howe landed in Maryland and was headed to Philadelphia…but General Washington knew it almost as soon as he landed. Immediately General Washington moved his army towards the Brandywine River….but when Washington arrived he was welcomed by British ...

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Foxhole Covenant…

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It is amazing what will happen when you are under fire – when you are facing an attack from the enemy or a coordinated attack from multiple enemies. Have you ever found yourself saying “God, if You only let me get through this………then I will……..” Maybe that has happened in a foxhole, maybe holding onto something porcelain...

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The Black Robe Regiment…

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“Mighty men they were, of iron nerve and strong hand and unblanched cheek and heart of flame…And such were the sons of the mighty who responded to the Divine call.” - Bishop Charles Galloway As I reflect on God’s Word and what history in this great place has shown me, I can’t get out of my mind a discussion I had with the Pastor about the a...

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Word of the Day: Luke 9:23-27

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Well not sure what kind of lottery everyone won to get to read thoughts from me but my advice is stop playing that lottery! So for better or worse tell December comes you get to read about what God is doing in my life and hopefully by reading about how God beats me over the head encourages you to spend more time with Him. Quick background, my wife Sarah and I have 4 kids, ...

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Word of the Day: Luke 22:43

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"And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him."Luke 22:43 How cool would it be to have an angel appear and strengthen me! Knowing that I was totally doing the Lords work, submitting to the Lords will and in desperate need of the Lord's strength. I have read this passage many times. Jesus, in the garden, pouring his heart out 3 times as we witness the ...

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Word of the Day: Luke 22:31-32

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"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."Luke 22:31-32 To think that Satan continues to accuse me and demand to sift me like wheat... what a scary thought. To think that the Holy Spirit intercedes for me and prays f...

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Word of the Day: Luke 21:34

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"But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap."Luke 21:34 This life seems to carry a constant stream of things that can weigh me down and allow me to lose perspective. When I heard this verse from the Lord, what struck me was the 'cares of this life.' How ofte...

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Word of the Day: Luke 20:14

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"But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.'"Luke 20:14 There are many things that the Lord struck me with this verse, but the overwhelming principal here that I am guilty of is 'so that the inheritance may be mine.' Every blessing of my life is inherited from the Lord. Where I live and g...

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Word of the Day: Luke 19:40

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"He answered, 'I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out'"Luke 19:40 The praise of God cannot be stopped. All of creation sings your praise, and you still desire praise from us. In every moment of every day there is opportunity to praise you. "Father, you turn the Kings heart like streams of water in your hand, you uphold the universe by the word of...

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Word of the Day: Luke 18:38-40a

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"And he cried out 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!'And those who were in front rebuked him, telling him to be silent.But he cried out all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me!'And Jesus stopped and commanded him to be brought to him."Luke 18:38-40a There are so many times that I feel distant from the Lord. Times where I feel like I am on the side of the road a...

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Word of the Day: Luke 17:11-19

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Reading: Luke 17:11-19 "Giving Glory to God" "And as they were going, they were cleansed. Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan." If we allow ourselves to reflect at our condition before Christ came into our lives, we were just...

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Word of the Day: Luke 10:25-37

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Reading: Luke 10:25-37 "And Who is My Neighbor?" "Jesus replied and said, a man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead." It appears like this man was heading toward a dangerous place called Jericho. If one was a citizen of Jerusalem, they wouldn't even go through it, let a...

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