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Helping you grow deeper in your faith and God’s love, one day at a time.

Only time will tell

In Matthew 13, Jesus tells parable after parable about the Kingdom of God. He talks about what it's like, and what it's worth, who gets in and who's left out. Yet, through nearly all of the parables there is a single, simple idea that makes all the difference... Only...

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Words and Hearts

"For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart… By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:34a, 37) What is righteousness? What is innocence? In Jesus' teaching, they are a way of living brought about by a state of...

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The Path to Greatness

"Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one greater than John the Baptist has appeared, but the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he." (Matthew 11:11) Jesus offers high praise to John, and what did John do to earn it? He simply said "yes" to God's...

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Losing and Finding

"Whoever doesn't take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it, and anyone who loses his life because of me will find it." (Matthew 10:38-39) So often we come to Jesus as if He is a useful addition to the life we already...

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Jesus shows up where He’s needed the most

"It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick." (Matthew 9:12) To religious and self-righteous people, Jesus was of no use. In their minds, they had things all figured out, and if anything, Jesus might do well to follow their example of...

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People and Pigs

–from Matthew 8:28-34 Not everybody wants to see things change. When Jesus brought healing and wholeness to the region of the Gadarenes, demons fled and one would think this would be good news to everyone. But it wasn't. Most people hadn't been directly affected by...

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Be Careful What You Put Out There

"Don't give what is holy to dogs, or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them under their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces." (Matthew 7:6) Wisdom and humility are foundations of spiritual growth. Wisdom, to know what matters most. Humility, as a...

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The Line

"When [Jesus] saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. Then He began to teach them, saying…" (Matthew 5:1-2) Jesus was often surrounded by crowds, but they were not His main priority. His disciples were. Jesus was...

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John the Baptist did not come "sharing his journey," or asking questions, or telling stories. He came preaching a message of truth, that God was at work, His kingdom was near, and that people must turn away from their sinful self-centeredness and embrace God's vision...

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