Archive - September 2016

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Your New Name
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Don’t Doubt Your Cast
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Labor to Rest

Your New Name

But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 “Blind Bartimaeus,” as he was known to many, didn’t even have his own name. The word “bar” means “son of.” So the name Bartimaeus simply means the “son of Temaeus.” That doesn’t seem so bad at first glance except for the fact the name Temaeus means “unclean,” and that’s exactly what life was like for Bartimaeus as he sat beside the dusty road that led in and out of Jericho. Yet one encounter with Jesus on a Judean afternoon changed[…]

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Don’t Doubt Your Cast

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 I’ld never consider myself a great fisherman. In fact bottom fishing and fishing with a cork are the only two types of fishing I’ve had much success with. I can’t tell you anything about the latest lure, or the best artificial bate, jig etc to catch the “big one,” and to be quite honest I’m okay with that. While I have some friends that are what I would consider “serious anglers,” I’m not and that’s okay. I just find that the peace and relaxation that comes[…]

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Labor to Rest

Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Hebrews 4:11 The words “labor” and “rest” aren’t typically associated with one another. Most would consider them two extremes, but the writer of Hebrews used these words together to make a life changing point. The word “labour” in Hebrew is the word spoudazō and it means to hasten, make haste and to be diligent. So what exactly is the writer hoping we understand? Simply that we are to be quick to “rest” in the finished work of Jesus. We are to[…]

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