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Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away—for it was very large. 5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.~Mark 16:1-5
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Who is the King?

 Then Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”

He answered and said to him, “It is as you say.”~Mark 15:2

 Jesus is still the King of the Jews.  Paul tells us who true Jews are in these verses:

 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.~Romans 2:28-29  (more…)

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In Mark 14, Jesus gives several examples of what to do when overwhelming stress and tribulation are at hand.  He was facing the most difficult situation any man who has ever or will ever live faced – physical, emotional and spiritual pain at their very worst – and that all at one time.  Suffice to say none of us have ever or will ever face any situation more painful, stressful or difficult than Christ’s trial, execution and separation from His Father.  That is why He can comfort us saying:
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Uninvited

As I watched my daughter at brownies last night, I saw myself.  Although her outward behavior, in reality, resembles closely her father’s, if considered inwardly, it closely resembles mine.

The leader called on Mia to take her turn doing some sort of exercise in front of the troop.  She did so, and then was supposed to sit back down.  Instead, she kept marching around and around and then finally plopped down in the lap of her friend.  Everytime she took a turn, this is what she did.  While the other little girls were trying to pay attention to the leader, she was marching all around plopping in their laps uninvited.

While that outward hyperactive behavior is typical of her father’s personality physically, it proved to be true of my personlity spiritually.  Sometimes when my turn to speak, teach, instruct, share, etc.  is over, I should just sit down.  But what do I do?  I keep marching around and end up plopping in someone’s lap uninvited causing them to have trouble hearing the what the leader is telling them to do.  You know what else plops, right? Yeah.  That’s what I end up looking like to people.

My prayer is that the Lord would give me wisdom on when to speak and when to stop speaking because even if what I am speaking is true, if the truth is uninvited, it stinks to those who deliberately have made up their mind to refuse it.   If the Lord is indeed leading the others, though, I would do well to get out of the way so He can explain the truth in more plain terms to those entangled in and deceived by lies.   I assume He can do a better job than I can anyway.  I will always speak the truth as the Lord gives me wisdom to see it, but I pray He also gives me wisdom to recognize when that window of opportunity is over and sit quietly waiting for my next assignment.

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Crowns

We were talking about ‘crowns’ Friday, and I wanted to comment on from my studies.  It seems that a common belief is that the bible teaches a giving of more or less rewards based on faithfulness?  I don’t see support for that in scripture.  Every place I see a ‘crown’ mentioned, it implies the crown of eternal life and righteousness found in the blood of Christ when we die. (1Cor9:25, 1Thess 2:19, 2Tim2:5, 2Tim 4:8, 1Pet 5:4, Rev 2:10) (more…)

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True Religion

 Throughout Luke 14, Jesus explains to the religious leaders what it means to be a part of His kingdom – the kingdom of God.  He illustrates through parables what those who will come will look like. (more…)

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Fearless Unity

How did the religious people of Jesus’s day respone to his parable of the vinyard?  This was a story He told communicating exactly how God had dealt with man in order to restore man to Himself.  Let’s look at Mark 11 and 12.
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