Jesus…Plus??

Paul is writing here to the church he himself started in Galatia – and he’s not happy!!  Historically, it is not certain if this was written from Ephesus one year after Paul started this church, or from Corinth, approximately three years removed.  It is probably from Corinth, three years after Paul left the Galatians to […]

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Who condemns who??

  The ultimate, true hope we place in Christ.  The hope of life in eternity with Him.  Through all the victories and tragedies, ups and downs, this is where we place our hope in through it all.  The hope we have that through all the unfairness of life, when it seems so hopeless and pointless […]

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From a Murderer to a God!

  From Paul’s journey to Rome.  When I read this, it seemed like a strange story to me.  So I did some quick research, and there is a lot to this short passage.     After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta.   How did they know they were […]

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What They Deserve

The story of Joseph is a long, winding story that brings us from chapter 37 all the way here to chapter 50, after his father Jacob has died.    Short version is – Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him, both for his big dreams and his fathers love.  So, they first conspired to kill him, […]

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Step 1 Revisited

  Step 1 from page 59 the AA Big Book reads – “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.”   Step 1 in the Celebrate Recovery ministry I am involved in reads – “We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had […]

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The Revolution

  Happy Friday!!  I had my own idea this of what to write about, but God intervened and this showed up in one of my reading plans.  What a great piece from Romans.  What a great reminder for a Friday morning!! Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves […]

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Behold, the Lamb of God

  From the Gospel of John.  Gospel simply mean “Good News”, and John presents that Good News in a way unlike the other Gospel writers.  They were more historical in their writings, and in many ways Matthew, Luke and Mark are similar.  John is an artist, taking “artistic license” and rearranging the order of things […]

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The Words We Use

So, this is in response to a conversation last night regarding whether foul language by Christians is acceptable before God.  To be honest, I know most people go straight to the 2nd commandment, but to me, that just rules out the GD of the curse world.  Doesn’t do anything for what I would call the […]

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Pick-Up Sticks

     A capital crime of picking up sticks.  This certainly seems harsh to us today.  Seems harsh to me.  But then again, I’ve had the advantage of being on this side of Gods progressive revelation.  I have the advantage of knowing that we serve a God who desires mercy, not sacrifice.  I’ve also had […]

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