Spit-Mud Face Mask

Today’s Gospel passage is one of my all-time favorite lessons to teach with kids - of all ages. It has such a terrific “yuck” factor that it simply captures their attention – and really invites them into the story. It’s the story, as recorded in John, of Jesus healing a man who has been blind since birth. Sounds pretty normal for a Bible story miracle, right? Except for the way that Jesus does it: he re…

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Drawn

“No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day.” John 6:44 There is a beautiful truth that is hidden just beneath the surface of this verse; we must be DRAWN to Jesus. God is not behind us with a whip, but in front of us with open arms. But I’m not sure that even this gets to the depth of it. There are lots of reasons that people first…

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We can work with that

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: "Come, go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear my words." So I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: Can I not do with…

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A Dark and Stormy Night

Were you afraid of anything when you were a child? Perhaps you were afraid of a variety of ghosts and goblins or the dark (where you were afraid that you would meet the ghosts and goblins). Or perhaps you were afraid of some other things. Fear is common for children as they navigate an often strange world with so many new things that they don’t yet understand. And the fear persists until someone o…

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Which Way Is Up?

I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2). I took flying lessons many years ago. I never got my license, but the twenty-five hours or so that I flew were a great experience. One of the most rewarding things about it was the sense of literally “rising above it all.” Whatever was going on down on the ground, you c…

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