Posts made in March, 2017

I am not worthy…

Lord…I am not worthy. What faith! This centurion – a Gentile – makes a humble confession to Jesus, admitting that he is not worthy to have Jesus enter his home. He even sends Jewish elders to plead his case for him because he feels it would be inappropriate for him to approach so holy a man! Now contrast his words with the words of the elders who spoke up for him; “He deserves to have you do this for him,” they...

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This man welcome sinners

Several years ago, we saw the twin towers at the World Trad Center fall, the Pentagon burst into flames, and an airliner crash into a field in Pennsylvania.  The scenes were both heartbreaking and horrifying.  And yet as terrible, sinful, and evil as this attack was (or any attack like it), it is important that we keep in mind. “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,”  and because of his sacrificial act, everyone who...

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Every tree is known by its own fruit

“Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.” This old adage has much gospel truth within it.  How and where you are rooted show the way you are rooted show the way you will grow and determine the kind and quality of fruit you will bear.  We get a certain degree of support and nourishment from our friends and associates and thus reflect their influence.  Where you turn for information upon which to base decisions...

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She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus

Do you think the Virgin Mary had a “bucket list”? A bucket list is a popular trend in which people make a list of goals that they want to accomplish before they die: things like writing their life story, visiting a foreign city, or going skydiving. It is hard to imagine what Mary’s bucket list may have contained. It is likely that she had some goals in life, even if they were just dreams of how her life would progress once she...

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Rejoice and leap for joy on that day!

Have you ever heard of the Duchenne smile? It is that big broad grin that lights up your whole face and crinkles the lines around your eyes. Neurologists say that smiling like this – even if it is a forced smile that feels fake – can make a difference in your mood.  They have found that this physical act is powerful enough to dispel gloominess and lift your spirits.  What si more, its effects can rub off on everyone around you. When...

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