Archive - March 2019

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PARDONED
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THE SAFEST PLACE
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RECALL
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NOT THAT FAR
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DIVINE REICPT
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HUMANLY IMPOSSIBLE
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GUARANTEED FIRST
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A HEART TO SEE

PARDONED

“For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure.” Deuteronomy 7:6 It was just a matter of time and Barabbas knew it. Because of the uprising against the Roman Government he had participated in and the cold-blooded murder he had committed, death row was his new home as he awaited the dreadful visit from the executioner. I’m sure that as his cell door opened, the lump in his throat must have been replaced with elation when the prison official told him[…]

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THE SAFEST PLACE

“Abba, Father,” He cried out, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Mark 14:36 Have you ever had those moments in life when things were expanding, yet with that came intense pressure and challenges? Moments when you knew you were headed in the right direction, but things were coming against you and the pressure seemed super intense? Deep inside you knew you were on the right track, but at the same time you were experiencing opposition that came at you from multiple directions all at[…]

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RECALL

“Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.” Psalm 35:5 My in-laws, my wife, and I were all sitting around the table enjoying dinner together and my mother-in law asked me a question, which I really can’t even remember, and 45 minutes later I wrapped up the answer. LOL! Somewhat apologetically, and feeling a little embarrassed, I told them I was sorry for going into such a long story, to which they were very kind and said they really enjoyed hearing every detail. It all left me feeling unsure of who may have[…]

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NOT THAT FAR

“Realizing how much the man understood, Jesus said to him, ‘You are not far from the Kingdom of God.’ And after that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.” Mark 12:34 Although I’ve flown several times, I would never consider myself a pilot. However, in hearing pilots explain navigation, there is a simple rule to follow. If your desire is to get from point A to point B, then your coordinates must be precise. To hear a pilot explain it, you don’t have to be but a just degree or two off to end up at the completely wrong destination,[…]

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DIVINE REICPT

“I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.”  Mark 11:23 Walmart is doing their best to win the battle for the online shopper. They realize the sophisticated shopper wants to avoid the inconvenience of shopping and goes to the store only when necessary. So, Walmart has created what it calls the “Pickup Tower” and it’s pretty cool. When I saw one in our local store, my first thought was,[…]

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HUMANLY IMPOSSIBLE

“Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God’.” Mark 10:27 The whole congregation stared in amazement as the world’s one-time strongest man, Paul Anderson, had a whole group of men sit on top of a large, ruggedly-built wooden table. As everyone wondered if he would really be able to lift it, to my surprise, he reached over to the front row pew and grabbed me, a first grader, and stood me up on the center of the table. Then, sure enough, to everyone’s amazement, Mr. Anderson went underneath[…]

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GUARANTEED FIRST

“He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.” Mark 9:35 The Daytona 500 was kicking off the NASCAR season and I had looked forward to watching it all week long. I hadn’t watched a NASCAR race in years, and this one sure didn’t disappoint. As the field had been narrowed down to just a handful of cars due to so many crashes, Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag for his second Daytona 500 Championship. And, multi-car team owner, Joe Gibbs, celebrated[…]

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A HEART TO SEE

“Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.” Mark 8:25 IIn our modern age, texting and other messaging tools like email have become, for many, the preferred choice of communication. But, although convenient, these platforms make it hard to express one’s true feelings and heart in a conversation. So often, true sentiment and heartfelt meaning gets lost in translation. Without hearing one’s tone of voice and seeing their body language, it can be easy to miss what’s really being said.   Jesus often[…]

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