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This Year’s Calendar

This Year’s Calendar

It’s funny how calendars run some years. This year of 2018 is no exception. On Valentine’s Day we also have Ash Wednesday. This is the beginning of Lent–a time of self-reflection and repentance. A time to re-commit our lives and living to Jesus, the one who knows us best and loves us most. Easter falls on April 1–April Fool’s Day. I’m sure unbelievers watching the events of those few days some 2,000 years ago were sure Jesus’ followers were fools,…

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The Rock

The Rock

  Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Another way of saying the above scripture is: The living God, the ever-existing One is my security and my stronghold; my place of escape and safety, my God. I put my confident hope in Him. He is my shield from harm. His strength will deliver me and…

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One Who Reverences the Lord

One Who Reverences the Lord

Psalm 112:7 He will not fear evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. This scripture speaks of the person who fears (reverences) the Lord, who delights in His commandments. This individual is gracious (shows mercy) and lends. When he hears an evil report or a bad rumor, he is not shaken. He has a quiet confidence, a security in his Lord, who is the ever-existing One. As I grow older, I find my response when hearing bad…

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Jesus is the Same

Jesus is the Same

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, yes and forever. The same Jesus who was the Word with God in the beginning (John 1:1), who kept Noah’s boat from sinking Genesis (chapters 7-9), who parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to escape the Egyptians on dry land (Exodus chapter 14), is the same Jesus who came to earth in a body like ours. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He cast out demons and cured…

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Jesus, the Bread of Life

Jesus, the Bread of Life

John 6:33 (Jesus said)“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.” In this passage, the 5,000 people who had shared the little boy’s five loaves and two fish, asked Jesus what they should do to work the works of God. Jesus told them that the work of God was to believe in Him, the One God sent to earth (John 6:28-29). He then told them He was the bread…

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Jesus the Mediator

Jesus the Mediator

Hebrews 8:6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises. The old covenant was based on law; following rules in order to please God. It was meant to be a school teacher—a means to show us how far short we fall, and how we fail to measure up to God’s desire for our lives. In comparison, in the new…

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Jesus’ Return

Jesus’ Return

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His (Jesus) feet as a dead man. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,” Can you imagine John’s astonishment when he turned to see Jesus whom he had not seen since He disappeared into the clouds many years before (Acts 1:9-11)? This time, He was in a long white robe, with gold across His chest and around…

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Jesus, Our Fulfillment

Jesus, Our Fulfillment

Luke 24:44 Now He (Jesus)said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” On that first Easter Sunday, grieving disciples encountered the risen Lord on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13). That same evening they returned to Jerusalem and sought out other disciples to tell them they had seen…

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Walking with Jesus

Walking with Jesus

Proverbs 3:26 The Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught. I love the Hebrew language. It’s words draw pictures. This scripture is an example. The Lord, the existing One will be “at your side.” The English version says “confidence.” With Jesus at my side I am confident. But “at your side” speaks to me ten times more than “confidence.” The next phrase says “keep your foot.” The word “keep” is “guard, observe, give heed,…

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Jesus, Our Only Savior

Jesus, Our Only Savior

John 3:16 (Jesus said) “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” To adhere to the truth of this scripture is not a passing acknowledgement that Jesus lived. Our faith must go deeper than that. True faith in Jesus believes He willingly went to the cross for each one of us. He came back to life and He desires each of us to…

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