Monthly Archives: January 2018

Calling sinners

Mark 2:13-22 This time of year, one thing is certain, no one wants to meet the tax collector. In Jesus’ day, tax collectors were considered scoundrels taking unfair advantage of those from whom they collected revenue. They were also despised, … Continue reading

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A sure foundation

1 Corinthians 3:9-15 In order to build a structurally sound house, one must begin by laying a strong foundation. No matter the strength of your building materials, if the foundation isn’t sure and strong, it will buckle and the building … Continue reading

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Rejoice

Philippians 4:1-9 There was a song released in 1988 imploring its hearers to put away the worries of the world and simply enjoy life. Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is certainly a nice little tune that might make us … Continue reading

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Vessels of Grace

John 2:1-11 The miracle of Jesus turning water into wine gives us a glimpse of God’s redeeming power. When we hear this account of one of Jesus’ first signs, we are drawn to the water itself, that which became wine. … Continue reading

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Follow Jesus

Mark 3:7-19 As more people heard Jesus’ teaching, the crowds following him quickly grew larger. Within these crowds were people with great need. There were also people who were curious, and still others who questioned Jesus’ authority. Of these followers, … Continue reading

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The Word was God

John 1:1-18 As John so aptly puts it, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” There has never been a time when the … Continue reading

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Seeking things above

Isaiah 55:3-9; Colossians 3:1-17; John 14:6-14 The past few days have brought with them plenty of sunshine. Have you ever noticed how sunny days lift peoples’ spirits? Smiles seem more prevalent and people more cheerful, especially when the sunshine is … Continue reading

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Behold

John 1:29-34 John’s account of Jesus’ baptism is much different than that of the synoptic gospels. Each of those writers records Jesus coming to the Jordan to be baptized. They tell of the Holy Spirit’s descent in the form of … Continue reading

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Temptation

Mark 1:9-15 Immediately following his baptism, Jesus was driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to face temptation, however, Mark doesn’t provide details. In Mark, we don’t read how Satan suggested Jesus bring forth bread from stone. There is … Continue reading

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Living Water

Exodus 17:1-7; Colossians 1:15-23; John 7:37-52 While on a mission trip to the city of Boma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, I was made acutely aware of the importance of having plenty of fresh drinking water. The air is … Continue reading

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