Monthly Archives: March 2014

March 31, 2014

Mark 7:24-37 As a child, I was always fascinated with the mechanisms of locks. It always amazed me how a simple key would open such a fortified lock; however, I soon found out that each lock was tailor-made to be … Continue reading

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March 30, 2014

John 6:27-40 As the Bread of Life and the Living Water, Jesus offers spiritual satisfaction. Compare this to an account from Greek mythology. King Tantalus is a figure in one story who was punished in the underworld by being chained … Continue reading

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March 29, 2014

Genesis 47:27-48:7; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Mark 7:1-23 Traditions spring from a variety of sources. Sometimes our traditions begin in the Bible. The best traditions, those that we should surely keep, are those that remain bound in our hearts to the … Continue reading

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March 28, 2014

Genesis 47:1-26; 1 Corinthians 9:16-27; Mark 6:47-56 There is a greater purpose, a divine design, that kindles obedience. Joseph, sold into slavery, became an obedient servant of Pharaoh and a faithful steward to the people of both Egypt and Israel, … Continue reading

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March 27, 2014

Mark 6:30-46, 1 Corinthians 9:1-15 In the third month of the year, few congregations are thinking about next year’s budget. We have enough to worry about now. How are we going to pay for this or that? Where is the … Continue reading

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March 26, 2014

Genesis 45:16-28; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 6:13-29 The mission of God in the world is curious. Why would God have meant Joseph’s mistreatment by his brothers to be for his brothers’ good? Why would he permit the baptizer’s beheading? One … Continue reading

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March 25, 2014

Genesis 45:1-15 Reconciliation and redemption is the one-two punch of forgiveness that often is not seen through to conclusion. Joseph, after years in Egypt, being a slave, being thrown into prison, being brought out as an interpreter of dreams, gaining … Continue reading

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March 24, 2014

Mark 5:21-43 As he walked with Jesus towards his home, Jairus was hit with the news, “Your daughter is dead.” No need to bother Jesus any longer; you are too late. What was it that kept Jairus going? Having received … Continue reading

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March 23, 2014

John 5:25-29 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” (John 5:25) When God speaks, people … Continue reading

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March 22, 2014

1 Corinthians 7:10-24 “In whatever condition you were called, brothers and sisters, there remain with God.” My mom was feisty, funny, and full of love. Her lessons will remain with me forever, but perhaps the most important thing she taught … Continue reading

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