Religion vs Relationship

In Mark 3:1-6 we find the 5th opposition story in a row that started back in chapter 2.. It’s another Sabbath story but this time Jesus heals a man with a shriveled hand on the Sabbath. What’s different about this story is that we’re told that people (I assume the Pharisees or teachers of the […]

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Who Cares?

In Mark 2:13-17, Jesus calls Levi (or Matthew as we know him) to follow him. We learn from this that Jesus doesn’t mind hanging out with outcasts and sinners. In fact, he welcomes it! He prefers it! He prefers seeking out people who have been ostracized and rejected by the religious – by the teachers […]

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Perfection in the Image of God

Whenever I see perfect accomplishments in people – or near perfection in people – I respond emotionally in my heart. Many times it will bring tears to my eyes. I’m not ashamed to tell you that. Whenever I see someone display perfection in their skill or talent or giftedness, it touches me to the very […]

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Powerful Praying

Spiritual forces can delay answers to prayer. (Daniel 10:13) In this verse, the prince of the kingdom of Persia resisted and delayed the angelic being who was on his way to Daniel. The Archangel Michael had to be summoned to the fight. Now, the prince of Persia is not a reference to a human prince… […]

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When you feel like a failure

In Genesis 16 Sarai (Sara) has a deep maternal desire to build a family. And this is not only a maternal instinct. Sara’s desire to build a family has a lot to do with her self-worth, her value, her status, her position in the tribe. Back in those days of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac & […]

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Offering a Sacrifice

In baseball, they have a play that’s called a Sacrifice fly. If a runner is on 3rd base, and there are less than 2 outs, the batter will get the signal to try to hit the ball deep into the outfield, knowing that the ball will be caught and he will be out. But he […]

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The Ultimate Super-Hero

Have you noticed that in almost all cases, the super-powers of super-heroes are actually weapons? They’re weapons used in violent battles to save the world from destruction or rid the world of an evil villain intent on taking over the world. Every story line focuses on the super-hero and his or her super-power weapon. Of […]

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Take All of Jesus

In Matthew 21, after Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey in fulfillment of Zechariah’s prophecy (Zech 9:9), he came to the temple courtyard. There he found the scene of a market-place, a yard-sale, or a flea market with a variety of kiosks. Lots of noise. Lots of bartering. Lots of people. Lots of money […]

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Ego vs IHS (Identity in Christ)

In John 13:1-5, the picture of Jesus kneeling and washing the disciples’ feet is so striking to me. The God of the Universe, the Creator of heaven and earth, stoops so low as to literally be the servant that washes feet. It is the literal and complete fulfillment of Philippians 2:7 “… he made himself […]

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