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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 him,…

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Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21) For those of us who are followers of…

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“From this day on I will bless you.” (Haggai 2:19) I remember the day I received my high school diploma. Graduating from high school was definitely a memorable day, with all my friends. I had obtained the first diploma, which allowed me the privilege to pursue another…and I did. Finally the day came, after four more…

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“Now these are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had taken captive to Babylon (they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, each to their own town).” (Ezra 2:1) Preservation Hall is a musical venue in the French Quarter, founded to protect, preserve, and…

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“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) When Jesus was speaking to the disciples (in the first chapter of Acts), He was giving them direction for their…

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“After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, ‘Son, why have you treated us like this? Your…

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“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  (Ephesians 2:10) Recently I had the opportunity to drive across a good section of the country, from Arizona to Eastern Nebraska. Low desert, high desert; I saw so much of God’s beauty in nature.…

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“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel — not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power. For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of…

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“So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God.” (Genesis 45:8) Joseph’s life was not a straight line. Blessed by his father with favor, and by his heavenly Father with the ability to interpret dreams, led to the displeasure of his brothers who probably felt like they were short-changed. They, in turn,…

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“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) I remember the first time I read that verse in college. Clueless of what the next steps would be for my life, it was…

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