Archive for October, 2016

One Day At A Time (Matthew 6:34)

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Considering we are grandparents awaiting the birth of our grandchildren, with a touch of melancholy I asked my wife Janet, “How did we get to be this old?” She wisely responded, “One day at a time.” In reality, that is the answer for every “endgame” whether positive or negative. How our marriages will look in 10 […]

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Lord, Liar, Lunatic, Brother (Mark 3)

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

C.S. Lewis famously categorized three possibilities as to what Jesus was: Lord, Liar, or Lunatic. This was because of the claims Jesus made for Himself which belied the choice that he was only a good, moral, human teacher. Amazingly, Mark 3 shows these same three choices in Jesus’ day. In one scene we have demons […]

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Meaning vs. Rules – Mark 3:1-6

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Jesus does more than keep the Sabbath. He honors its meaning more than those who simply see it as a rule or law. The Son of Man shows it to be a blessing, and not a burden. Therefore when Jesus healed on the Sabbath, He wasn’t “breaking” the Sabbath; neither was He showing an exception […]

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Your Family Culture – Ephesians 6:1-4

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

There is “The World’s Culture” and then there is “Your Family Culture.” Two examples of this are found in our children. When our daughters were young, many of their friend’s parents were divorcing. It was getting so bad Janet and I sat them down and comforted them saying, “We will never divorce.” Our youngest daughter, […]

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The Unthinkable Way (Mk.2:1-12)

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

The easy way became impossible. The unthinkable way became the only way. If this doesn’t make sense, it will become clear. As clear as faith.   Some come through the proverbial frontdoor when making a point. Some come through the backdoor. It has been said of me I come through the side window! What hasn’t […]

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Going To Church Is Dangerous – Luke 18:9-14

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

“Going to church” is dangerous, but the alternative is worse. I have had various back issues since I was two years old. I have been hospitalized three times, recently for surgery, and at age 4 when I awoke and could not walk. Due to the recent situation I have needed to take pain medicine. What […]

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Jesus First Makes His Mark in Mark (Mark 1: 22-28)

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Jesus starts teaching in the Synagogue in Caperneaum (Mark 1:21). What amazes these listeners is how Jesus teaches – which is with authority (1:22). Apparently the scribes were always quoting uninspired rabbis; while Jesus sets Himself up as someone who would become quoted!   Suddenly Jesus is interrupted. A man with an demonic spirit shrieks […]

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Faith in James

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Faith in James: Is tested (1:3); prays without doubting (1:6); poor chosen to be rich in (2:5); can claim it but not have a one that saves (2:14); must have works to be alive (2:17); is seen by works (2:18); without works is useless (2:20); perfected by works (2:22); is credited to us as righteousness […]

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You Are What You Eat – 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

“You are what you eat” is a phrase most of have heard of. And you are, in that when you eat something you take on the characteristics of that food. Eat something with a lot of carbohydrates and you get energy which is why athletes “carbo load”. Coffee has caffeine and unless you are ADD, […]

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Buried Alive! – John 20:7

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Being buried alive, pardon the pun, scares people to death. In former times, without our medical advances, people were accidentally buried alive; then literally “saved by the bell” that was placed with the supposed corpse for such emergencies. While being mutilated was a horrible way to die, its benefit was a death that was verifiable […]

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