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He Started It!

Reading: Luke 6:27-38 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. ~Luke 6:36 When children say ‘He/She started it’ in an aggrieved tone, they feel angry, blaming the other person for what they said or did. It’s easy to put the blame on others, to grow in our resentment, anger and judgement, especially in conflict…
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So the Jews replied to him, ‘What sign will you show us for doing these things (clearing the temple)?’ Jesus answered, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it up in three days.’ ~John 2:17, 18 We understand (I think) what Jesus means. Two thousand years of resurrection/Easter understanding – cognitively we know that Jesus…
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Without Further Ado

I’ve never had the opportunity to introduce anyone famous. Have you? If you had a chance, who would be the one person you’d like to introduce?   March Week 1, 2021 Pastor Reid Matthias Reading: Colossians 1:15-20 He is before all things, and by him all things hold together. ~Colossians 1:17 Have you ever been…
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Listening to Jesus’ Voice

In our 21st Century culture, we can fill our days with so many activities that we lack space to reflect and listen to our own inner world – let alone the concerns of others …or listening out for God’s voice. Let me confess: I am addicted to activity, and need to make some regular space…
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I’ll Have Mine with a Twist

The best books and movies have a plot twist that takes the reader/viewer by surprise. What’s the best twist that you’ve ever encountered?   February Week 4, 2021 Pastor Reid Matthias Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14 He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ as…
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Jesus’ words are confronting: “Deny yourself, pick up your cross and follow me. Whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it” (Mark 8:34-35). Direct and to the point. These words were shared moments after he had shared the direction his…
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Wildly Unpopular

Then a man with leprosy came to Jesus and on his knees begged him: ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’ ~Mark 1:40 The man with leprosy displays an incredible faith. He doesn’t say, ‘If you want to, I hope you can make me clean,’ or ‘As a last resort, I’ll see what…
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Fortress of Awesome

Have you ever built a fort before? What kinds of things did you put in it? How did you protect it?   February Week 3, 2021 Pastor Reid Matthias Reading: Psalm 147:12-20 Exalt the Lord, Jerusalem; praise your God, Zion! For he strengthens the bars of your city gates and blesses your children within you.…
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A Wild Night of Wonders

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen someone do? I remember as a 5 year old seeing how far my dad kicked a football – wow! A couple years later, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Given the technology available at that time it still amazes me. When researchers find a way to cure…
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Eating Words

What are the first three words that God wants us to speak to people?     February Week 2, 2021 Debbie Trant Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-10 Then the Lord reached out His hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “Now I have put my words in your mouth.” ~Jeremiah 1:9  One day, last September,…
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