Archive - March 2021

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DELIBERATELY
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PEACE FROM FORGIVENESS
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WHILE WE’RE WAITING
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PONDER
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FROM A CURSE TO A BLESSING
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THE GREAT DEFENDER
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BETTER THAN NEW
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COMPLETELY THERE
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DIVINE RECEIPT
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HUMANLY IMPOSSIBLE

DELIBERATELY

“But Jesus said, ‘Someone deliberately touched me, for I felt healing power go out from me’.” Luke 8:46  Jesus, on his way to the home of Jairus to heal his daughter, was stopped in his tracks. As the crowds were pressing in upon Jesus that day, a woman touched Him in such a way that got His complete attention. So, what was it about this woman’s touch that got Jesus’ attention? Jesus said that she touched Him “deliberately.” This word, deliberately, in the Greek means “to fasten one’s self to, adhere to, cling to.”  When this woman touched Jesus so deliberately, she[…]

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PEACE FROM 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[…]

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WHILE WE’RE WAITING

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.” Psalm 62:1  In the world of instant messenger, instant noodles, and instant coffee (yuck) waiting can be a hard thing to have to deal with. Waiting is that period in between “the asking” and “the receiving,” that can test one’s faith. And it’s in the waiting that some lose faith and pull away from the God they have trusted. Such was the case with John Waller, a hopeful musician who wanted so desperately to get his break into the music business, which he felt had been a promise from[…]

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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 when she was told she had been hand-picked by God to deliver the Messiah, to the visit from the shepherds, Mary had experienced a lot in a very short time. I’m sure as a young person it must have seemed overwhelming, yet Mary never dismissed any of these memorable moments, but instead treasured 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 moments[…]

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FROM A CURSE TO A BLESSING

“Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and redeemed his people.” Luke 1:68 Who can forget the Bible story about the donkey that talked? Balaam was on his way as a “hired prophet” to curse the Israelites when the Angel of the Lord stood in the roadway with his sword drawn. Although invisible to Balaam, the donkey could see the danger ahead and sat down in the roadway, refusing to go another step. Out of his fury, Balaam began to beat his trusted Donkey when the Donkey spoke up in his own defense and said, “I’m[…]

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THE GREAT DEFENDER

“Come with great power, O God, and rescue me! Defend me with your might.” Psalm 54:1  In Numbers 16, Korah incited a rebellion against Moses that led to him and over 250 of his followers meeting a tragic end. In the moment, Korah didn’t realize that in choosing to fight against Moses he was actually fighting against the Lord Himself. Moses, instead of making it about him, put the whole thing in the Lord’s hands and relied on the Lord to be his defense, and in that, God showed the Hebrews that He would be the one who would appoint[…]

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BETTER THAN NEW

Who will come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel? When God restores his people, Jacob will shout with joy, and Israel will rejoice. Psalm 53:6 The TV show Overhaulin’ had great success on both TLC and the Discovery Channel for several seasons. In each episode the “mark” would be an unsuspecting antique or classic car owner that would make the list to have their car fully restored. Family members would be in on the ruse coming up with some story as to why the car was missing long enough to be restored. But it would all be worth it for[…]

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COMPLETELY THERE

“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 A trained pilot will tell you that it only takes being off just a few degrees to completely miss your desired destination. Like so many other things, “being close” isn’t quite good enough. When a pharisee asked Jesus to sum up the law, what he wanted Jesus to do was give him a manageable formula by which he could accomplish the fulfillment of the law.  What Jesus did instead[…]

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DIVINE RECEIPT

“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[…]

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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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