Archive - 2019

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FULFILLING FRUIT
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WHO’S YOUR MOTHER
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NOTHING BUT BLESSING
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ALL IN
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THE REAL GOSPEL
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ROLLED AWAY
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PARDONED
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THE SAFEST PLACE
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RECALL
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NOT THAT FAR

FULFILLING FRUIT

“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” Galatians 5:25 I was surprised recently to learn that there are 7,500 different varieties of apples around the world. There are at least 100 varieties of apples being grown and produced commercially right here in the U.S. And that’s just one type of fruit! The fruit industry as a whole is a $25 billion industry in just the U.S. alone. Wow, that’s a lot of fruit!  Paul gives us the secret to being big-time fruit producers ourselves. No, not from the[…]

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WHO’S YOUR MOTHER

“So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.”  Galatians 4:31 There’s a catchy, popular phrase that I hear from time to time, and it’s usually shared among guys who are “really tight” and mutually considered close friends. The phrase, “Hey, this is my brother from another mother,” is said by one or the other in a fun, slang way, again as a gesture of close friendship.  One day a friend told me that I was his “brother from the same mother,” to which I responded with a half smiling,[…]

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NOTHING BUT BLESSING

“And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” Galatians 3:28 I’ve watched some great college basketball games lately, and as tournament season gets closer, there’s a lot of great basketball still ahead. I particularly love watching someone on my favorite team sink one of those three pointers. The velocity of a shot when launched from such a far distance means that the greatest chance of it going in the basket is when the ball never touches the rim. That’s when all the[…]

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ALL IN

“I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.”  Galatians 2:21 Although I’ve played cards before, in particular Spades back in my Marine Corps days, I’ve never played Poker. I have no real concept of the game, but I’ve always thought it was cool when in a movie, particularly a western, one player slides all of his chips to the center of the table and says, “All in!” I’ve always waited with anticipation to see just what would happen next.[…]

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THE REAL GOSPEL

“Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.” Galatians 1:4 “Will the real Melvin Purvis please stand up?” That was one of the final lines from an episode of the game show, “To Tell the Truth,” that featured ex-FBI Agent, Melvin Purvis, who was made famous for catching the infamous John Dillinger. “To Tell the Truth” was a popular show that garnered one of the largest viewing audiences on television and aired from 1956 through 1978. From a series of questions, four panelists[…]

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ROLLED AWAY

“But as they arrived, they looked up and saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled aside.” Mark 16:4 Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome were all on a mission. They wanted to take care of Jesus’ body, giving him the proper burial they felt He deserved. It’s obvious God was behind all of this because He wanted them to be the first to announce that Jesus was indeed the resurrected Savior.  The only thing standing in their way was the “very large stone” that the Roman garrison had rolled over the opening[…]

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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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