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Amazing

Try this. Repeat the following sentence, emphasising the word in bold each time you say it: GOD loves me God LOVES me God loves ME That is amazing, isn’t it. Take some time now to reflect on that. As you head off into your life never forget it, and always keep it with you wherever…
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“Less of Me, More of Jesus!”

From Ash Wednesday, this has often been quoted during our worship series “LESS”.  It echoes what John the Baptist said about who he was with respect to Jesus: “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30 NIV). Recapping this series so far, we’ve considered: Ego-LESS, Life-LESS, Point-LESS, Relent-LESS, Sense-LESS, and Clue-LESS.  A number…
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Clueless

“Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!”  These words from Psalm 118 are what the crowd shouted with joy as Jesus made his way into Jerusalem on a donkey. After the miracles Jesus had done in Galilee and Jerusalem, and more recently the raising of Lazarus to life after four…
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Seen and Loved

Readings: Mark 1:14-20 “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen” ~Mark 1:16 At the very beginning of his earthly ministry, Jesus assembled the group who would become his twelve disciples. These are the ones who would spend…
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Senseless

(Some Greeks) came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested of him, ‘Sir, we want to see Jesus.’ ~John 12:21 Our preaching text this week takes seriously this statement from Greeks – outsiders, questioners and seekers – who want to lay their eyes on Jesus. In their request of Peter, they don’t…
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Are You Ready?

Readings: Luke 6:12-26 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles… ~Luke 6:13 Are you ready? As a follower of Jesus, He invites you to be a leader for Him, to build up His kingdom. He equips us for a life of joy, living…
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On Being A Sheep

Readings: Matthew 9:32-38 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” ~Matthew 9:37,38 Wow. For being only 6 verses, there’s a lot in this one! To start off with, we have a demon-possessed…
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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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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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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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