Archive - 2020

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More Than A Test
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Peace Through Forgiveness
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Hold Out
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Follow
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The Promise
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The Ark
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Ponder
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Finding Favor

More Than A Test

 “And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:’ so they went both of them together.” Genesis 22:8  So, what exactly was God testing when He asked Abraham to take his son and sacrifice him on an alter? Genesis 22: 1 tells us that God was testing Abraham’s faith.  But faith in what exactly? In Genesis 15 we see that God made a covenant with Abraham when He passed through the bloody carcasses of the animals He asked Abraham to cut into halves. Abraham also participated in his part of the covenant when he, and all of[…]

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Peace Through Forgiveness

“And Jesus said to the woman,” “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:50 She had just simply lost herself in worshiping her Savior and it didn’t matter to her who gazed or gawked in contempt. Her singular focus was on the one who had forgiven her. This woman, written about in the Gospels, who anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive oil, washed them with her tears and dried them with her hair, wasn’t just any sinner. Sin for her had not been just an “occasional missing the mark.”  No, sin for her was a lifestyle and a way of[…]

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Hold Out

He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! All eyes were on Jesus, but not all were looking to see what great thing He might do next. There were skeptics in the crowd who wanted to do nothing but catch Jesus in a trap. They weren’t interested in anyone being healed, they just wanted to protect their religious traditions. For the man needing to be healed, he was faced with a choice. As Jesus called him to the front[…]

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Follow

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. Luke 5:27b  Jesus’ reputation was preceding Him. Word had spread like wildfire, as Luke later recorded, that this Jesus of Nazareth was going “about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil.”  Peter experienced this goodness first hand when, after Jesus used his boat to speak to the multitudes, He blessed Peter with a boat sinking load of fish. To which Peter responded by saying, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man.” The word sinful turned around means “full of sin.” Peter wasn’t just saying I occasionally[…]

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The Promise

 “And the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Luke 4:19 I get excited every time I see a rainbow in the sky. When conditions are right and the rays of the sun pierce the clouds, a rainbow can be seen for miles. Many consider it good luck when sometimes a double rainbow is seen. As Genesis tells us, the rainbow is a symbol of God’s everlasting covenant with the earth that it would never be completely destroyed by flood again. I also get excited when I see another symbol from God; the “bread and wine” of the New Covenant[…]

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The Ark

“But Noah found favor with the Lord.” Genesis 6:8 Wickedness and lawlessness had taken over to the point that God had regretted, for a moment, that he had even made mankind. A re-do was in order, but for the sake of a covenant, He could not destroy all of mankind. He needed at least one that He could consider righteous and that one was Noah.  Noah’s salvation would be found in an ark, and just like that, our salvation would be found in an ark too. But not an ark made of wood and tar, but an Ark made of flesh and[…]

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Ponder

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19 From that first angelic encounter where she was told she had been picked by God to deliver the Messiah, to the visit from the shepherds, Mary had experienced a lot in such a short time. I’m sure at times it must have seemed overwhelming, yet Mary never dismissed any of these memorable moments, but instead treasured and pondered them. She didn’t consider any of these moments to be insignificant or coincidental, but instead she counted each encounter as extremely valuable and she stored these treasured[…]

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Finding Favor

“Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God!” Luke 1:30 Doubt and fear swept the hearts of both of them,Zechariah, who would become the father of John the Baptist, and Mary, who would become the mother of Jesus. This fear was evident in both of their responses to the Angel Gabriel at the announcement of these two unexpected births. Zechariah expressed his doubt by saying “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Mary’s response was similar; “But how[…]

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