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Killing the Messenger

As I studied the argument following Jesus’ conversation about the woman caught in adultery, I see no change in those whom he admonished.  The scribes and Pharisees were hypocritical gossips full of accusation and ill-will towards others.  The wisdom and truth in his rebuke merely made them more responsible for their foolishness.   They continued to agressively refuse the truth blaming Jesus Himself for their own hatred of Him and his truthful words.  He continued to allow them to question Him patiently warning and speaking the truth while they continued to become more and more hostile towards Him personally.  I begin in John 8:13. (more…)

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The other night I was at Panera Bread reading and I noticed a group across the way who had bibles out on the table.  As I read, I heard numerous stories of other people who these ones ‘could not stand’, ‘could not look at’, and all about how they ‘couldn’t believe’ what those of whom they spoke had done.  I wondered how many times I’ve done the same and grieved the Holy Spirit in the presence of mixed company. (more…)

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One Willing Sacrifice

When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. ~John 6:5-6   (more…)

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Divorce the World

But He needed to go through Samaria.~John 4:4
 
Jesus told his disciples,  “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans.” ~Matthew 10:5, but in this instance of getting to point A to point B, there was no other way unless He journeyed far out of his way.  We, too must ‘go through’ the world in order to get to the end of our journey here on earth.  As  for the woman Jesus is about to meet, it was a good thing for ‘the world’ to encounter Him (and we) in this ‘accidental’ way.  Since they are ‘in our way’ we might share the good news with tham as Christ does this woman. (more…)

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How Does Faith Grow?

Discussing faith last night I had a few thoughts.

 Faith is something given to us, (Eph 2:8-9) therefore it cannot be gained or lost by anything we do or don’t do.  Since the bible often likens us to children, babies, being born again and growing as a spiritual work in progress just like our physical work in progress from birth to death, I believe the key to understanding how faith ‘grows’ is found in recognizing how physical growth works. (more…)

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A Faithful Witness

 These truths are very dear to me as I was praying a lot this past week about whether moving my mom in with us is the wisest thing to do given the circumstances.  I happened upon John 1 yesterday morning which is also her very favorite portion of scripture.  The Lord always provides what we need when we need it and He has indeed confirmed His answer to me through this study.  Thanks in advance for any prayers you offer our family during this transition.  Glory be to Him!
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