Recently, I reread the story of the man among the tombs in Mark 5:1-20. My heart is encouraged again and again as I think about it. The same story in Luke 8:26-39 tells us for a long time the man didn’t wear clothes or live in a house. He lived among the dead. In isolation.…

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A few weeks ago I was reading in Matthew 8. 5 When he (Jesus) had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, 6 “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” 7 And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come…

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Quick, slow, slow doesn’t refer to the rhythm of a dance step. It’s a few of the words James wrote in his letter in the section I studied this week Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of…

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Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.   James 1:16-17  I wondered if my study of James would connect with my Advent reading and now I wonder how I thought they…

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I began my study of James during the Thanksgiving holiday. This is one of my favorite passages (another Monday School post featured it) and I see it in a new way for a couple of reasons. For the first time I noticed who the letter is addressed to and the ESV uses different wording I…

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We finished our last race of 2018. We did it together because it’s always better together. I thought of this verse over and over during the race: And he saw they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. Mark 6:48 ESV The wind wasn’t against us but the mud and obstacles were. We…

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When things go wrong, don’t go with them. I’m not sure who said it, but I like it because it fits what I’ve experienced the past couple of weeks. My website has some issues and we’re working hard to fix them. I say “we” like I can do anything at all about a broken website.…

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Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. …

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We’re still in the book of Philippians for Monday School. After Paul urged the church there to shine like stars in the universe in chapter 2, he urged them to press on in chapter 3. “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own,…

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I’m six weeks into my study of Philippians but the 14th through 16th verses of chapter 2 are stuck in my head. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you…

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