Roots and Branches

“But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in their place to share the rich root of the olive tree, do not vaunt yourselves over the branches. If you do vaunt yourselves, remember that it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you.” Romans 11:17-18 One of the (not so) secret pleasures that is enjoyed in this world is the pleasure we …

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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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Second Chance Brackets

You shall say to them, Thus says the LORD:      When people fall, do they not get up again?           If they go astray, do they not turn back? Why then has this people turned away           in perpetual backsliding?      They have held fast to deceit,           they have refused to return. I have given heed and listened,           but they do not speak honestly;      no one repents of wickedness,           saying, “What have I done!” Jere…

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Juggling Act

I will extol you, my God and King,           and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you,           and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;           his greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:1-3 If you’re anything like me, there is a general sense of busyness in your day-to-day life. A feeling that if you stop moving, something will surely go undone. I suppos…

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Sanctified

“For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters…Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.” Hebrews 2:11&18 The Lenten season is often looked at as a time of sacrifice and suffering, a time to remember Jesus’ fast in the wilderness and a time to…

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