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Ungrateful Generation

We live in great abundance. We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us – those generations who labored to create and nurture the liberty and opportunity which we enjoy today. Yet there are those who reject these gifts.

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Ultimate Authority

In the 1960’s it was popular to “question authority”. Every perceived authority – in some people’s minds – had become subject to scrutiny. They may have said, “by what authority does a city prohibit protest?” Women may have asked, “by what authority must my skirt be a certain length?” Men may have asked, “by what […]

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A Curious Incident – Conclusion

Two weeks ago we pondered a curious incident recorded in Mark 11:12-14Mark 11:12-14English: World English Bible – WEB12 The next day, when they had come out from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 Seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came to see if perhaps he might find anything on it. When he came to it, he found […]

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The Enterprising Mind

Every year observant Jews came from all lands, having been scattered over the centuries by the conquest of Gentile rulers, to perform their covenant-duty to sacrifice and remember the Passover (See Deut. 4.9 & Deut. 16:5-6Deut. 16:5-6English: World English Bible – WEB5 You may not sacrifice the Passover within any of your gates, which Yahweh your God gives […]

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A Curious Incident (Part 1)

On the way to Jerusalem the disciples witnessed a curious incident: Jesus cursed a fig tree (Mark 11:14Mark 11:14English: World English Bible – WEB14 Jesus told it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” and his disciples heard it.WP-Bible plugin). On the surface, this seems to be out of character for Jesus.

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When All Else Fails, Read the Instructions

Imagine for a moment, the stereotypical young father-to-be attempting to assemble the new crib. Certain how easy it will be, he tosses the instructions aside and begins connecting the pieces. His expectant wife looks on with growing concern for her baby’s safety. As she observes his growing frustration, she tactfully asks, “Maybe we should see […]

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Persistent Faith

Bartimaeus was blind and a beggar in Jericho. He had little hope at a time when blindness was considered a punishment – either for his own sin or for the sin of his parents (John 9:2John 9:2English: World English Bible – WEB2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born […]

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Authority and Submission

We can all imagine how we might feel when our friends “call shotgun” – outwitted, taken advantage of, even indignant. You may resent those, who by means you see as unfair, obtain a place ‘above’ you – in social standing, in wealth, in authority. But such thinking reflects only our own ambition, our own desire […]

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Calling Shotgun

When I was a kid, before I had a driver’s license, I would compete with my friends to be first to call shotgun – to get to sit in front – with whoever was giving us a ride that day. No one wanted to sit in the back seat – that’s where the ‘kids’ sat. […]

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Death March

The time was approaching for Jesus to experience the suffering necessary to redeem humanity from sin. Only One could fulfill this purpose – One without sin; One sent by God from eternity past to eternity future. Jesus knew what was to come and He prepared those who would be His first messengers by warning them […]

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