Mystery

Job 1:1, 2:10 Job’s piety and life of bliss 1 A man in the land of Uz was named Job. That man was honest, a person of absolute integrity; he feared God and avoided evil. Job’s Adversary refuses to give up 2 One day the divine beings came to present themselves before the Lord. The Adversary also…

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Season of Creation – Harvest Sunday

Psalm 1 1 The truly happy person doesn’t follow wicked advice, doesn’t stand on the road of sinners, and doesn’t sit with the disrespectful. 2 Instead of doing those things, these persons love the Lord’s Instruction, and they recite God’s Instruction day and night! 3 They are like a tree replanted by streams of water, which bears fruit…

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Season Of Creation – Sky Sunday

Psalm 19  Heaven is declaring God’s glory; the sky is proclaiming his handiwork. 2 One day gushes the news to the next, and one night informs another what needs to be known. 3 Of course, there’s no speech, no words— their voices can’t be heard— 4     but their sound[a] extends throughout the world; their words reach the ends…

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What God Has Made Clean

by Patrick Brown Acts 11 1-18 11:1 Now the apostles and the brethren who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those who were circumcised took issue with him, 3 saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”…

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Healing Hands: Feed the World

John 6:1-15 Common English Bible (CEB)  Feeding of the five thousand 6 After this Jesus went across the Galilee Sea (that is, the Tiberias Sea). 2 A large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miraculous signs he had done among the sick. 3 Jesus went up a mountain and sat there with his disciples. 4 It was…

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Healing Hands: Draw Crowds

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 30 The apostles returned to Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught.31 Many people were coming and going, so there was no time to eat. He said to the apostles, “Come by yourselves to a secluded place and rest for a while.” 32 They departed in a boat by themselves for a deserted…

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Healing Hands: Become Known

Mark 6:14-29 Death of John the Baptist 14 Herod the king heard about these things, because the name of Jesus had become well-known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and this is why miraculous powers are at work through him.” 15 Others were saying, “He is Elijah.” Still others were saying, “He is…

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Healing Hands: Send Forth

Mark 6:1-13 CEB  Jesus in his hometown 6 Jesus left that place and came to his hometown. His disciples followed him. 2 On the Sabbath, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were surprised. “Where did this man get all this? What’s this wisdom he’s been given? What about the powerful acts accomplished through…

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Healing Hands – Bring Life

Mark 5:21-42  Jesus heals two people 21 Jesus crossed the lake again, and on the other side a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. 22 Jairus, one of the synagogue leaders, came forward. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet 23 and pleaded with him, “My daughter is about to die. Please, come and place your…

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Unless…

John 3:1-17 Jesus and Nicodemus 3 There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a Jewish leader. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one could do these miraculous signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered,…

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Wait for it….

Luke 24:44-53 Common English Bible (CEB)   44 Jesus said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the Law from Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. 46 He said to…

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Life In the Vineyard

John 15:1-8 Common English Bible (CEB) I am the true vine 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vineyard keeper. 2 He removes any of my branches that don’t produce fruit, and he trims any branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. 3 You are already trimmed because of…

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Raised up!

Mark 1:29-39 (CEB) Jesus heals Simon’s mother-in-law 29 After leaving the synagogue, Jesus, James, and John went home with Simon and Andrew. 30 Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed, sick with a fever, and they told Jesus about her at once. 31 He went to her, took her by the hand, and raised her up. The fever left her,…

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Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph, Part V – The Rest of the Story

Luke 2:21-24 (CEB)  Jesus’ circumcision, naming, and temple presentation 21 When eight days had passed, Jesus’ parents circumcised him and gave him the name Jesus. This was the name given to him by the angel before he was conceived. 22 When the time came for their ritual cleansing, in accordance with the Law from Moses, they brought…

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Faithful-Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph – Part III Raising A Child Not Your Own

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 (CEB) 16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray continually. 18 Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Don’t suppress the Spirit. 20 Don’t brush off Spirit-inspired messages, 21 but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good. 22 Avoid every kind of evil. 23 Now, may the God of peace himself…

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Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph – Part II – Whose Child Is This?

Matthew 1:18-24 Birth of Jesus 18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. When Mary his mother was engaged to Joseph, before they were married, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband was a righteous man. Because he didn’t want to humiliate her, he decided to call off their engagement…

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Faithful-Christmas Through the Eyes of Jesus Part I – Joseph, the Carpenter

Matthew 13:54-56 (CEB) 54 When he came to his hometown, he taught the people in their synagogue. They were surprised and said, “Where did he get this wisdom? Where did he get the power to work miracles? 55 Isn’t he the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother named Mary? Aren’t James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas his brothers? 56 And…

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Oct. 1: Submitted and Committed

Philippians 2:1-13 (CEB)  Imitate Christ 2 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort in love, any sharing in the Spirit, any sympathy, 2 complete my joy by thinking the same way, having the same love, being united, and agreeing with each other. 3 Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others…

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September 17 – Healer

Romans 14:7-12 (CEB) 7 We don’t live for ourselves and we don’t die for ourselves. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to God. 9 This is why Christ died and lived: so that he might be Lord of…

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