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Completely Called

“Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes…” (1 Corinthians 1:1) Paul knew who he was! He remembered the encounter he had with the Lord on the road to Damascus. His early days of following Jesus, in the face of those who still probably feared…

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Choose Your Words Carefully

“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”  (Psalm 141:3) “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a chant that we heard or even may have used as children.  It simply means that name-calling will not cause physical injury as…

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Peace Be with You

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!” (John 20:19) Imagine the shock that the disciples experienced when they saw Jesus appear before them behind locked…

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His Authority and Yours

“The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” (Mark 1:22) There was something completely different as to how Jesus taught. I have been in the very synagogue where Jesus taught in Capernaum. As He spoke then, He is still speaking…

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Unfinished Business

“Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee…” (John 21:1) Multiple times following His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples. However, this time would be different, especially for Simon Peter. Remember, up until this time, the last thing Simon Peter had done was to deny Jesus three different times. Broken hearted,…

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Jesus Paid The Price

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the…

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It Is Finished

“Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the…

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The Rock

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.” (Psalm 18:2) Concluding His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:13–27), Jesus warns us about those who claim to be His disciples but their lifestyle says otherwise. A person is a follower of Jesus Christ based on faith and faith alone.  Not everyone who claims to KNOW…

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Unashamed of My Hope

“Sustain me according to your word that I may live. And, do not let me be ashamed of my hope.”(Psalm 119:116) The word of God is living and powerful.  It is our guide for life and our answer to all of life’s perplexing questions.  It reveals to us the hopelessness of our life mired in…

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Trusting God

“Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matthew 16:15) I enjoy watching the TV programs in which a commentator goes into city streets and asks random people questions about government, current affairs, or religion.   Sometimes, I find it appalling how ignorant or uninformed people are about things that should be common knowledge…

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