Archive March 2019

Giving Up

“Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” – Luke 9:23 NLT From the moment we are able to understand language, we are taught to never give up. Perhaps that’s why it is

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Expectation

“On the other side of the lake the crowds welcomed Jesus, because they had been waiting for him.” – Luke 8:40 NLT There can only be one reason why the crowds had been waiting for Jesus: The expected Him to show up. As we go through life it seems like there are times when Jesus

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Tell Your Story

Jesus said, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. – Luke 8:39 NIV When people say, “Every person’s story matters to God,” they are absolutely right. But every person’s story matters to countless others,

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That’s What Family Does

“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt.” – Deuteronomy 10:18-19 NIV There are few things in life more difficult than knowing you do not

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How Much is All?

“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” – Deuteronomy 8:17-18

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What Do You Hear?

They said, “Look, the Lord our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice from the heart of the fire. Today we have seen that God can speak to us humans, and yet we live!” – Deuteronomy‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The Israelites were raised on stories about how God spoke

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How to Amaze God

When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd that was following him, he said, “I tell you, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel!” – Luke 7:9 NLT Common sense would tell us that it is impossible to amaze God. After all, He knows all things from beginning to end.

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Push-Back = On-Track

“What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow the Son of Man. When that happens, be happy! Leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.” – Luke

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The Waiting Room

“Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir.” – ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Have you ever felt like God is just making you wait for no reason? You believe you are ready, but circumstances have not yet lined up. You have done your preparation, but you have not yet received the “Go.”

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Quiet Time

“But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.” – Luke 5:16 NLT Prayer is such a mystery. How is it that the Son of God—one with God in will and nature—needed to be alone to pray? After all, He was surrounded by people who needed His teaching, His miraculous touch, His incredible wisdom. Why

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