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Considering the Cost – Luke 8:40-56

Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. ~Luke 8:47 We are all subconsciously influenced and distracted in different ways by many things in life.…
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Who is my Family?

All of us grew up in some sort of family – whether it was with biological parents, adopting parents, a single parent, grandparents, relatives, family friends, or others who raised us. We have all been shaped by our families. Families have great potential for blessing… or messing. The legacy of our family influences us for…
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A Big Day on the Water – Luke 5:1-11

‘When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, ‘Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ ~(Luke 5:8)~ Much of my childhood was spent in a small country school with 18 other children. On the wall in our classroom hung a painting depicting the scene from which today’s…
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Where is the Wind Blowing?

Earlier this week, my family watched and listened to the windows of our house rattle and shake as the wind whipped from all directions. The wind is an awesome power, one that is often forgotten about. With the sun, we can feel the heat and we know its source, but with the wind, we have…
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Inviting Jesus In

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious…
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“Get ready. Get set. Go!!” During childhood we heard these words at the start of a race, or a treasure hunt, or perhaps some other adventure.  With the word: “GO!!” we get moving as quickly as possible – because we don’t want to miss out. When traffic lights turn green, I like to get moving…
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Belonging is an important part of being human. The sense of belonging (we also use the concept of community) is so important for our spiritual health as well. If we look at the life of Jesus this is something that stands out in his dealings with people. He constantly approaches and shows acceptance to the…
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Stay Put

After the resurrected Jesus appears to the disciples, they are filled with ‘amazement, disbelief and joy.’ (Luke 24:40) Jesus enters their midst and engages them in the newest reality that death has no power over the world. Returning to physical life will be a new change! In their excitement, in their disbelief and joy, Jesus…
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“And the seed fell in the weeds – well, these are the ones who hear; but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money, and having fun.” Luke 8:1-15 (MSG) Being connected to a church from birth and being brought up…
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Stay Secure

To be a servant in the ancient world was taxing and often frustrating. At the whim of the master, the servant must drop everything in order to serve the master’s desires. Whether preparing food, cleaning up, taking care of guests, the servant was commanded to do this without question. To be a disciple of a…
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