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Category: Weekly News

Relentless

Relentless. There are a bunch of similar words or phrases that capture the idea, e.g. tenacious, obstinate, stubborn, determined, persistent, never giving up. In 1 Cor. 13, Paul describes God’s love (agape) as relentless:  ‘It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails’ (1 Corinthians 13:7-8a NIV). In the Psalms, we often…
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Pointless

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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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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Lifeless

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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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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Wild Life

They went into Capernaum and right away Jesus entered the synagogue and began to preach. Mark 1:21 For the modern Lutheran, this seems really interesting. That anyone could wander in from the outside, walk to the front of the synagogue and take over is outside of the boundaries of tradition. Like most denominations, Lutherans have…
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Wild Possibilities

What comes to mind when I mention “the fab four”? For me, it’s The Beatles. Most of my life I have known, played, and sang their songs.  Whether or not you know their music, these four chaps from Liverpool England changed pop music culture forever. Yes, there was rock n’ roll before The Beatles.  Afterwards…
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The Wild Life of Following Jesus

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses and the prophets wrote about in the law: Jesus, the son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him. “Come and see,” Philip answered (John 1:45-46.) What I love about these first connections with Jesus in the…
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Oh What A Night

One question keeps running through my mind as Christmas 2020 is gifted to us: What kinds of things do I want to remember? As I grow older (and many can resonate with me, I think), I find myself pondering why I remember certain things and why others only pop up sporadically. Most research would say…
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