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The New Testament tells a wonderful story about a beggar who knew how to dream (Mark 10:46-52).  Blind Bartimaeus sat on the side of the road, probably with a group of other unfortunate friends and professional beggars.  When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by, he shouted toward Him…but not for money.  Bartimaeus had an urgent…

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Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)   Appearing behind locked doors, Jesus shows the disciples His scars. Before He does, He speaks to calm their fears, and give them a holy directive. Two different times, He says, “Peace be with you!” Think of that…

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Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4) We know what it’s like to deal with pain. Maybe you’re walking…

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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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