Beauty of the Ashes: Get Back In the Ring

Get Back in the Ring And not only that, but we* also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, Romans 5:3 I have an autographed picture of Muhammed Ali in my office at home. No, I never actually met him, but my nephew Jason did. He lived near the legendary boxer in Michigan …

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The Beauty of the Ashes: Search Me O God

Search Me O God O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you. Psalm 69:6 There are many wise sayings attributed to Abraham Lincoln. One of the most common is this: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the …

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Don’t Bother Me With the Facts

  Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”  John 9:39 Read John 9:18-41 “I say, I say, don’t bother me with the facts son, I’ve already made up my mind.” A bit of wisdom from one of …

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Soul Food Anyone?

“Meanwhile the disciples besought him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” John 4:31-32 Read John 4:27-42  Food is one of my great delights in all of God’s creation. There is such variety in the world. I love experiencing the culinary delights of different …

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It’s Not About You

“Do not say in your heart, after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you, ‘It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land’; whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you.” Deuteronomy 9:4 Read Deut. 9:4-12 When I was …

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How’s Your Memory?

  “Take heed lest you forget the Lord your God, by not keeping his commandments and his ordinances and his statutes, which I command you this day: Deuteronomy 8:11 Read Deut. 8:11-20 Leon, an elderly man in our church of blessed memory, used to go around handing out $2 bills to people, always with a big smile …

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Raised from the Ashes: Holy Week Monday

17 And he taught, and said to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.” Mark 11:17 Read Mark 11:12-25 Is Your Temple Clean? When I was younger, and was beginning to study the meaning of scripture, …

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Raised from the Ashes: Lent – Day 28

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.   1 Cor. 12:27 Read 1 Cor. 12:27-13:3 The Perfect Body For a society that is quite preoccupied with our bodies, we seem to know little about our true body. From advertising images to social media, marketing campaigns always show us images of …

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Raised from the Ashes: Lent – Day 27

“33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter, and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not on the side of God, but of men.”   Mark 8:33 Read Mark 8:27-9:1 What Side Are You On? Have you ever found yourself on the wrong side of an argument, when you knew you had …

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