From A Long Way Off

Something I have been thinking about a lot lately is how God in the Old Testament (OT) sometimes seems different from the God Jesus came to make known.  I know that He is not different because God does not change…“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV).  The Bible also reveals that Jesus is God…“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation” (Colossians 1:15, NIV), and that He is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, NIV).

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Feasting In Good Company

Jesus stressed the importance of humility.  When He and His disciples feasted with Matthew and Matthew’s friends, the Pharisees and teachers of religious law questioned the disciples, asking why they would eat with “scum.” Jesus responded, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do.

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Hold Onto Him Tightly


“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.  Teach them to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates . . . Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.”
(Deuteronomy 11:18-20, 22b, NLT)
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Putting Our Thoughts In The Right Hands

Every day we battle thoughts that aren’t so kind about our neighbor, or we realize that our motives aren’t always completely honorable.  As someone who loves Christ, God has ensured me that His Holy Spirit lives in me and that He has given me a new heart.

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When Peter Got Out Of The Boat

When Jesus approached the disciples in the boat, and was walking on water, Peter asked Him if he could join Him.  Jesus answered affirmatively, and Peter jumped out the side of the boat.  Things started out okay, but as Peter continued to walk his fear got the best of him, and he began to sink.

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Jairus, The Woman, And The Crowd

In the Bible there’s a story about a synagogue leader (Jairus) who seeks Jesus out to ask Him if He will accompany him to his home and heal his daughter who is dying.  On the way to Jairus’ house, a messenger arrives to tell them that his daughter has died.

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When Jesus Spoke And There Was Calm

Have you ever been inside of a small airplane when it’s being jostled by a storm?  Have you ever walked into a wind so strong that it redirects you?  Have you ever observed a dark, stormy ocean from shore?  All of these things are reminders that nature is beyond our control.

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When Letting It Be Both Brings Peace

I can begin my morning by reading the Bible, and I feel very close to God.  An hour later, I step out the front door, start thinking about the day ahead, and the nearness I felt to God disappears.  I am often surprised at how easily my attention is diverted away from Him.

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Love Made Me Love

I have found that I need to be careful not to fall into the trap of trying to appear as if I have my life “together” in the hopes of being a better example for God.  Since I am human and not without fault, I will never truly have a handle on everything.

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“Rabboni!”

My Friend lived a sacrificial life.  He defended outcasts and made sure that those who came to Him for help got what they needed.  He traveled far distances to let people know that God was near.

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