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Apr 2018
A Little Behind

My sixth month reading plan is looking more like 7 to 8 month reading through the Bible now.  I confess that I have gotten a little off track over the past few weeks. However, my commitment remains and my journey continues.  Today, we move into the fourth gospel. After reading the first couple chapters of John, here are a few things I’ve noticed: The Word became flesh and called his disciples!  John wastes no time.  We have this great philosophical beginning, the preaching of John the Baptist and then bam-John sees Jesus......

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17
Apr 2018
Jesus Doesn't Want Your Belief

Jesus wants your trust. And that is a good deal more than belief! Belief is a tricky thing. Belief for many is something they stake their lives on. For others belief is an honest and vulnerable journey of discovery traveled throughout a lifetime. Sometime we believe what we say and say what we believe. Other times we say we believe in something, but sure don’t act like it. And sometimes we deny we believe even though our actions say otherwise. For example… I believe in free speech. But there are some forms......

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20
Mar 2018
Remembering Luke

After reading the next five or so chapters of Luke, I am having lots of memories.  There have been some very familiar passages in Luke 9-14: the parable of the Good Samaritan, the sending of the 70, the Lord’s Prayer, the “do not worry” passage, the Pharisees testing Jesus, the light on the lampstand, Mary & Martha welcoming Jesus, etc. It is good to engage scriptures and to think about the stories that you are the most familiar with. Today, spend a little time reflecting on the scriptures in Luke that are......

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13
Mar 2018
Luke--From Fear to Praise

For those reading through the New Testament together, how is it going?  What are you learning/re-learning by going through the book of Luke?  How are you being changed? I have made it through the first 8 chapters of Luke.  I realize that I have missed out on a lot of Luke’s passages before.  We dwell a lot of the popular stories of Luke such as the stories of Jesus’ birth, Jesus as a boy in the temple, John the Baptist, the temptation in the wilderness, and the healings.  As I have begun......

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06
Mar 2018
Buddy Backpacks

On Wednesday, March 14th, our children will be sorting and packing bags for Buddy Backpacks of Harnett County.  Below is information about the efforts of Buddy Backpacks and what schools they serve in Harnett County.  This information is taken directly from the website: Buddy Backpacks for Harnett County. About Buddy Backpacks Program For Harnett County, Inc. Purpose The program is designed to provide nutritious food to school children who have little or nothing to eat over the weekend.  The program recognizes that study is not the primary concern of a hungry child.......

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26
Feb 2018
Missio Dei...God Already There

When Jason and I lived in Charlotte, our home was one of the few places in our neighborhood that had a piano.  Our piano had been donated to us for the ministry and the kids loved running their fingers along the keys as they walked by. We used the piano often in our community for prayer times and hymn sings.  I loved it when a guest would come by and sit down and play a song or two they had taught themselves. One Friday night, after one of our large community meals,......

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22
Jan 2018
A Rocky Relationship

All lovers of contemporary Christian artist from the 80s and 90s, Sandy Patti, this one’s for you!  As I was reading Jesus’ words to Peter in Matthew 16:17-18, I couldn’t help but start humming her song “Upon this Rock“.  I read a few more verses and then I came back to v. 17-18.  And even as I finished chapter 16, I kept coming back to Jesus’ words “You are Peter (Petros), and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Those are......

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16
Jan 2018
Faith in a Hurry

I have made it through the first 11 Chapters of Matthew (the first 9 days of reading through the New Testament).  Here are a couple of things that have stood out to me over the past couple of days of reading: Matthew seems to write in a fast pace.  It almost feels like Jesus is in a hurry.  As soon as he was baptized, his teachings, healings, and other parts of ministry begin with a lot of momentum.  After reading through the Sermon on the Mount, it felt like Jesus was on......

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08
Jan 2018
Matthew: Jesus Fulfills

The journey has begun.  Admittedly a few days late, but I have made it through the first three chapters of Matthew.  This year certainly hasn’t started off as I had hoped, but that’s why I have you all on the journey with me…holding me accountable. During the first three chapters, Matthew spends a lot of time building Jesus’ credibility.  Matthew almost seems like a lawyer setting up all the reasons we should believe him. He spends the first 17 verses of his Gospel detailing Jesus’ lineage so we will be reminded of......

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01
Jan 2018
A New Year

Happy New Year!! I have a confession to make.  I am not very good at the practice of setting New Year’s Resolutions.  I don’t like setting myself up for failure.  If I make a resolution…I usually try to make it a simple goal that I know I can accomplish or something that I REALLY, REALLY want to do! For 2018 I have decided to challenge myself a bit with one of my goals.  And…I extend that challenge to you!!  Sometimes it is easier to reach a goal if you have someone or......

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