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To Love

Posted by Elizabeth Moore on

In Luke chapter 10, Jesus is asked what it takes to have eternal life. His answer seems simple: Love God and love one another. I play that answer over in my head and I wonder why so much of my spiritual walk has been 10 times more difficult than that sounds. If I did only those two simple...

What do we do with worry?

Posted by Claudia Mitchell on

“For me…Holy is His name?” (Luke 1:46-49) The first chapter of Luke gives us a picture of a young woman with big worries. Mary is pregnant, unmarried, poor, away from home, and not only is this her first child she is told she will be the mother of God! What she does with all...

A New Chapter Begins

Posted by Roger Clark on

On the first day of the week after the crucifixion of Jesus, three women went to the tomb, planning to cover the body of Jesus with aromatic spices to cover the growing stench of decay. This was done as an act of love for one who had loved them. Imagine their surprise when they found the stone...

Advent and the Cross

Posted by Tom Ellsworth on

We’ve just celebrated the birth of Christ and in just over a week, Mark 15 reintroduces us to the moment of his death. That may seem oddly out of place but in reality it is a most appropriate connection. The whole purpose of his mortality wrapped advent was to fully experience our lives so...

Fall Seven Times and Get Up Eight

Posted by Tobin Wingard on

Read Mark Chapter 14 In my reading of Mark 14, I was particularly struck with the intensity, suspense, and drama contained therein. On vivid display is treachery, conspiracy, betrayal, controversy, prejudice, rebuke, honor, prophecy, hope, desperate prayer, temptation, violence, denial, false...

Watch

Posted by Brian Bailey on

In Mark Chapter 13 we find Jesus sitting down on the Mount of Olives and giving his disciples some disturbing information about what lies ahead of them. Little did they know or realize that within just a few short hours, some of this dialogue was going to become very real to them. Jesus opens...

Faith that Moves Mountains

Posted by Emily Bedwell on

Read Matthew 11 We were recently on vacation in the Pacific Northwest. Tim and I spent a few days in cities and a few days exploring the mountains, waterfalls and beach fronts that make this area of the country so beautiful. Early in the trip, we traveled to several serene areas outside...

Matthew 26

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I smile every time Jesus turns things upside down which is something he did frequently. In Matthew 26, he has gone to dinner at an outsiders house. A man who was a leper! Not only that but his has allowed a woman to be part of that gathering. Both of these were uncommon in the Jewish culture...

People Get Ready and People Be Ready to Give, Serve and Love

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Matthew 24, 25 The disciples were impressed by the temple in Jerusalem and pointed it out to Jesus but he knew that both the temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed.   This brought more questions from the disciples about Jesus coming back and the end of the age. As was His custom...

Oh, to be like a Child

Posted by Stephen Figert on

Oh, to Be Like a Child Matthew 18 “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” I imagine that the disciples brought this question to Jesus after they had spent some time discussing and reasoning. In fact, they probably arrived to individually plausible but jointly inconsistent...

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