Archive for October, 2016

The Face of Desperation

The Face of Desperation

God wants us to come to him with everything: big problems, little problems, and everything in between.  But if were really honest we feel pretty good about ourselves when we don’t have to involve God.  We act in a way as if to say to God, “I’ve got this one, you can sit this one […]

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  October 29, 2016   No comments
Getting Over the Hurdle

Getting Over the Hurdle

A crowd. A man with a dying daughter. An anonymous woman with a long term medical problem. Me A man called Jesus. In Mark and Luke we are privy to a really awesome and dynamic story.  It’s a story that tells of a man who openly displays his faith.  He has a dying daughter, and […]

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  October 27, 2016   No comments
Heart to Heart

Heart to Heart

If you have read much of the Bible you have possibly read the story of Jesus healing the woman who had bled for 12 years. You know she was bleeding unhealed for many years. The loss of blood for so long made her ceremoniously unclean and anything she touched would be unclean. From all account […]

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  October 25, 2016   No comments
The changed life of Zaccheus

The changed life of Zaccheus

I am an observer.  I typically don’t like to be the center of attention.  Rather, I’d prefer to be somewhere along the outskirts of the situation, watching.  When my daughter was younger, I took her to West Ridge’s Christmas Eve service and she wanted to sit in the front row.  Come on, really?  I’d say […]

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  October 23, 2016   1 comment
Taking a Risk

Taking a Risk

The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.  Zacchaeus is an interesting cat.  I wonder what possessed a man with such stature to throw all pride aside and climb a tree to catch a glimpse of this prophet named Jesus.  What was it that prompted him, compelled him to take […]

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  October 20, 2016   2 comments
To Save What Was Lost

To Save What Was Lost

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). I am someone who usually tries my best to blend into a crowd. When I serve, I prefer to stay behind the scenes, and I blush with embarrassment if someone calls attention to my deeds. When I made the […]

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  October 18, 2016   2 comments
What’s the Difference?

What’s the Difference?

It’s not uncommon to hear from Christian skeptics that the Bible is “inconsistent” or “contradictory.” It’s important to remember that the Bible is a collection of individual writings. Different authors, writing at different times (over a period of about 1500 years), in different languages, and writing to different intended audiences all combine into one collaboration […]

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  October 15, 2016   1 comment
Daily Affirmations

Daily Affirmations

In the bible, we are told “do not be afraid” over 100 times.  Yet, when you ask most people why they won’t try something new, many times it is because of fear. Fear keeps us at bay from taking risks and changing the way we think- and changing our lives.  Think back to the first […]

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  October 13, 2016   2 comments
You of Little Faith

You of Little Faith

There are days I am just so weary from the struggles of this life that it’s difficult to see past it.  When I look at the disciples struggling against their storm, I realize what I am being called to do. Jesus approached as the disciples fought the strong winds and rising waves. Fearing he was […]

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  October 11, 2016   No comments
True Conversion

True Conversion

From early on in my life, I’ve heard the cries of the literal and figurative street preacher, yelling at passersbys to “repent and convert to Christianity” or something similar to that.  I won’t get into if that is actually an effective ministry strategy or not.  That’s a different blog entry for a different day.  But […]

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  October 6, 2016   No comments