Easy Peasy

It makes me fall to my knees in shame. How could I have been so casual? I know, what?!? It’s when I look at what surrounds these words that cuts me to the quick. God is saying to the prophet Ezekiel what his listeners are doing. They’re coming to hear him speak as if he’s…

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Knock, Knock

Ever had a moment you wish you could just hit “rewind” to see if what just happened really happened? Well, that’s not what’s happening here. Yes, I used this same verse in my last post, but there’s just more to chew on and I couldn’t let it go. In case you missed it, Jesus has…

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In-N-Out Prayer

I know, I know, what does fast food have to do with this verse? We’ll get to that, just hang on for a bit. Jesus is talking about persistent prayer here. He’s just given His disciples what we’ve come to know as The Lord’s Prayer, then teaching more about prayer, He continued with as typical…

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What is THIS?

Do you want to really live?  Growing up I never once said, “I want to grow up and live a hum-drum life.” You? None of us want to live purposeless, just going through the motions, day-in, day-out. But how many of us are truly living?  Did you wake up this morning saying, “It’s a good…

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Raising-the-dead-to-life Big

This is really a continuation from my last post where I talked about the woman who was healed of a twelve year bleeding disorder by intentionally touching Jesus’ clothes. The timing of this woman being healed by Jesus may also have been intentional on God’s part. He knows how weak we are, how prone to…

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Be Deliberate

Intentionality. Jesus was touched intentionally. Someone had a need and just knew that if they touched only Jesus’ clothing they would be healed. I’ll delve a little into the story in a moment, but I want to hone in on the deliberateness of this act first.  I have a confession to make—I am not a…

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What Type of Soil Are You?

   Jesus often spoke in stories. I don’t know about you, but if you’re like me you like the stories—they help give a word picture that explains the teaching. That’s why speakers use illustrations—it’s a tool for helping the hearers understand and sticks longer than the bare-bones message.     In this story Jesus used the…

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Taking the Victory Lap

I have lived most of my life under the fear of failure. I don’t know that I would have recognized it as such while I was walking it out, but looking back it is clear. There are so many opportunities that I missed because I never even tried. I was afraid I would fail so…

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New Year Challenge

This verse is one I took on some time ago as my Potpourri for the Soul challenge—that I would bring both a fresh look (new gems of truth) as well as a solid foundation (well known truths). The beginning of a new year is always a good time to re-evaluate where we stand today as…

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Year of the Pandemic

   What does this even mean? Jesus taught in stories. Many times His disciples had to ask Him afterward to explain the meaning. I have often wished this were one of those times, but alas, it is not so. As I shared with a friend recently, my current mode of Bible study is to pray…

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