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Be A Better Wife Wednesdays |Book Study: The Excellent Wife (Chapter 1)

I’m with Martha on this one, submissive was not a word I ever associated with myself, but the only thing I never argue with is the Bible. So, of course, God would put right there for me (and you) to see!!  “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.”Ephesians 5:22 AND in case you missed it, or thought it was a mistake… ” Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.” Colossians 3:18 A dear friend of ours once told me when he first met Amos and I he would literally cringe…

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Seek and Find |Devotion

* Today we’re reading John 7: 10-24 *   Washed clean by the blood of Jesus… sin… salvation… the gospel… fellowship…body of Christ… repentance… born again… I’m kind of speaking in a covert language right now. Some call it “Christianese.” If you are Christian and/or familiar with the Bible and Christian culture, you understand it. If you’re not, you probably don’t. As with any language disconnect, users have a responsibility to be sensitive that their word choices are appropriate for their audience, to recognize cultural gaps and avoid or translate unfamiliar terms. We Christians should be aware of our language and…

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Who’s This Guy?

* Today we’re reading Luke 9: 51-62 *   Words can be beautiful. They can move and touch, compliment and express. But words can also be empty. They can lack the action or even the intention that makes them true and meaningful. In Luke 9, as Jesus is heading to Jerusalem, he interacts with a couple of would-be disciples whose words fail them. The first man calls out to Jesus, “I would follow you wherever you go.” That sounds pretty good to me. Being that a primary requirement of his disciples was to follow him, I’m thinking this guy initially…

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Thinkin’ About Forgiveness

* Today, we’re reading Matthew 18: 21-35 * I’ve been tryin’ to get down To the heart of the matter But my will gets weak And my thoughts seem to scatter But I think it’s about…forgiveness Forgiveness Thank you, Don Henley, for that sound bite playing in my mind as I sit down to ruminate on our sermon this week on forgiveness. I completely lack musical knowledge and just had to look up who sings that song. But I do remember the lyrics; I hear them: “forgiveness…. Forgiveness.” While the song is actually just another about a romantic relationship gone…

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Toddler in the Room

  “At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them,  and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” Matthew 18:1-5 Who is the best? We ask that question in varying forms…

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Avoiding the Fail

 “And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water.  So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”  Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.”  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was…

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Ask

  “When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.  And I also say to you that you…

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Just ___, Then I’ll Believe

  “Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.  He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’;  and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. 4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.…

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Eat This.

“Jesus departed from there, skirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there.  Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them.  So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Feeding the Four Thousand Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not…

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Great Faith Gets Rewarded

  “Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.” But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” But He…

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