Never forget…

Photo by Glitchy Artist   This example of King Asa is a stern warning to us today about trusting in the Lord and not the world.   Asa had enjoyed great success as King of Judah because of near complete reliance on God.  He followed the commands of God, cut down asherah poles, turned his […]

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Party in Heaven!!

      The parable of the lost sheep, as recorded by Luke.  This story has  a certain subtlety about it, as does much of Jesus’ teaching. What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the […]

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Dry Bones

This is quite a vision of the resurrection of the dead!!  The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.   This is how we know it is a vision and […]

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The Law and The Prophets

I thought this would be short and sweet, but I was wrong!!  There is so much said in this short paragraph from Jesus.   “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”  From his Sermon on the Mount, […]

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All We Have

  A prayer of praise by David near the end of his life, as he is passing the kingship to Solomon and finalizing the offerings to be used in building the great temple in Jerusalem.  “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all […]

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Those One Hour Workers

  This is a parable that leaves many of us scratching our heads and aggravated, especially we “rugged Americans.”  We (I) read this and get defensive and antsy because we (I) immediately   identify with the laborers who started at 6 am.  We work hard for our money, but we have our own expectation of a fair […]

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Fat Cows

When we read some of the Old Testament prophets, it’s not too hard to figure out why they were always so unpopular.  Amos here goes right after the powers that be of his time – “Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush […]

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Eat Drink and be Merry

This comes right in the middle of Jesus speaking to a very large crowd of people who had heard he was visiting a local Pharisees house.  When he came out, possible thousands were waiting to hear from him, and he did not disappoint.  This is directly following Jesus teaching about some very big subjects – […]

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Honest Rebellion

A story of hypocrisy vs honest rebellion from Jesus.  Notice the first son here.  “And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went.”  ” I will not.”  Not maybe.  Not later.  Just no.  A […]

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What God has to Say!!

  This is a huge moment for us as Christians.  Until now, I missed the meaning of this “transfiguration.”  “And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, […]

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