Posts made in September, 2017

Lord, show me the weight of your love today

The people struck their tents to cross the Jordan, with the priests carrying the ark of the covenant.  Imagine that you are one of the people chosen to bear the ark.   For hours on end, you have been standing in the riverbed, shouldering the ark of the covenant as thousands of people pass by.   Estimates vary widely, but many scholars believe that the ark weighed between 300 and 400 pounds—and that was without the two tablets of the Law!   So...

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The Almighty has done great things for me

Have you ever noticed how the world tries to convince us that nothing is ever good enough?   If we’re unhappy at work, we should leave and get another job.   Even if we like our jobs, we should still be searching for better opportunities.   If we are having problems with our marriage, we should simply call it a loss and go look for another spouse.   The problem with this approach is that we will never find contentment.   What we are really...

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Does not your teacher pay the temple tax

When the Temple tax collectors cornered Peter, Jesus didn’t take the time to dispute with them.   By all rights, Jesus could have refused to pay the tax, but he didn’t want to get pulled into their petty drama.   His mission as well as the focus of all his attention was his upcoming passion, death, and resurrection.   So instead of taking the time to prove himself right in the matter, Jesus sent Peter to catch a fish, retrieve a coin, and pay...

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All this you were allowed to see

The Hebrews whom Moses led out of Egypt saw spectacles we can only imagine: plagues, pillars of cloud and fire, and a sea that parted before them and closed on Pharaoh’s army.   Just recounting all the miracles and signs and wonders surrounding the Exodus can make us tired.   Surely God could have just picked up his people and transported them directly to the Promised Land instead!   But he did not.   He chose to lead them by signs and wonders...

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