Take Your Doubts and Struggles to God

“When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”  (Mark 15:33-34) During the first semester of my senior year in college, I decided to …

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Bring All People Into God’s Saving Embrace

“As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ And immediately, they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little further, he …

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Trust That You Are Loved

“… for we walk by faith, not by sight.”    (2 Cor. 5:7) For Christmas, several years ago, someone gave me the book, Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander. In this book, he describes having a near-death experience while being in a coma. Before this experience, Dr. Alexander wasn’t a person of faith. While …

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Seek First the Kingdom of God

“When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’”  (Mark 3:21) The folks who watched Jesus grow up, including even His own family, began to worry that Jesus was “off,” for it appeared like He had “gone out of his mind.” Initially, …

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Traveling With Jesus

Jesus said, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic.” (Luke 9:3) When many of us travel, we try to get as much as possible in our suitcases. We do so because we don’t want to be caught with the wrong or not enough clothes at …

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Jesus Gave His All For Us

“Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’”    (Mt. 16:24)  Are you all in? Do you live with urgency, conviction, and purpose? Or, do you dabble, hedge your bets, and play it safe? One of the most striking …

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Jesus—Our Safety and Our Peace

“But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately, he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid. Then he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased.”  …

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Inviting Jesus Into Our Lives

“Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house…’” (Luke 19:8-9) The Romans would hire Jews …

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