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02/21/19 – Mark 5:21-43; Psalm 38:1-22; Proverbs 10:8-9

Could you envision two more poignant and uplifting stories than what we read in Mark’ gospel today?  The healing of the woman with the bleeding disorder and the raising of Jairus daughter  occurred within a matter of hours.  So much pain turned into so much joy! And as you read Mark’s account I am sure

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02/20/19 – Mark 4:26-5:20; Psalm 37:30-40; Proverbs 10:6-7

Mark 4:26  He also  said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the

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02/18/19 – Mark 3:7-30; Psalm 37:1-11; Proverbs 10:3-4

In Mark 3:13-19 we see Jesus call the men who will support his teaching and, indeed, form the basis of the church.  I found William Barclay’s commentary very interesting in highlighting a perspective that I had not considered. It is significant that Christianity began with a group. The Christian faith is something which from the

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02/16/19 – Mark 1:29-2:12; Psalm 35:17-28; Proverbs 9:13-18

I am sure that like me you have had “one of those days” when you felt constantly bombarded at work with requests, directives, complaints, unreasonable people and non-workable deadlines.  And then you arrived home and the telemarketing calls started right in the middle of dinner.  At this point all you wanted to do is go

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02/15/19 — Mark 1:1-28; Psalm 35:1-16; Proverbs 9:7-8

Remember John the Baptist mission from Mark 1:2  “…as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way” Sometimes I think we tend to overlook the success of John’s mission as we focus on the coming of the Lord & His baptism.  Mark helps

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02/14/19 – Matt 28:1-20; Psalm 34:11-22; Proverbs 9:9-10

As I read today there are two verses that use the same Hebrew word: Psalm 34: 11 Come, my children, listen to me;  I will teach you the fear of  the Lord. Proverbs: 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. In both verses the Hebrew word used is yirah is used for “fear.”  We see

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02/12/19 — Matt 27:15-31; Psalm 33:12-22; Proverbs 9:1-6

As a Body we are blessed with the complete & inspired Word of God.  We also have teachers and friends who can bring scripture into our lives for self-examination.  For example read the following verse spoken by Pilate and then the penetrating observation posed by Coffman in his commentary: Matthew 27: 22 “What shall I

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02/10/19 – Matt 26:47-68; Psalm 32:1-11; Proverbs 8:27-32

Matthew 26:  59 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death. 60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward 61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and

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02/06/19 – Matt 24:29-51; Psalms 30:1-12; Proverbs 7:24-27

In debating or in sales techniques a commonly recognized strategy is to place you key and most important point at the beginning of your presentation.  Then, repeat the most important point at the end. My “margin notes” contain an interesting reality.  Matthew chapters 24 and 25 contain Jesus’s last sermon.  While Matthew chapters 5-7 record

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02/05/19 – Matt 24:1-28; Psalms 29:1-11; Proverbs 7:6-23

Psalm 29:     1 Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 2 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. These opening two verses use the word “Ascribe.”  When you delve into the meaning of this word you can see that

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02/04/19 – Matt 23:13-19; Psalms 28:1-9; Proverbs 7:1-5

If we you want to personally relate to the strength of Jesus’s condemnation of the religious leaders of His day try this — replace the expression “… teachers of the law and Pharisees, … ” with you own name. So, Matt 23:13 would read: “Woe to you, Jerry Hiatt, you hypocrite! You shut the door

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02/03/19 – Matt 22:34-23:12; Psalms 27:7-14; Proverbs 6:27-35

Combining some verses from yesterdays and today’s readings from Matthew 22: 15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. 23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question 4 Hearing that Jesus

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