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Hearsay Isn’t Enough

February 9, 2020 |

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who…

Taste Before You See

February 8, 2020 |

Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8)  Have you ever been to the supermarket when a company was giving out free samples of food? If you have, maybe you walked over to the booth. You surveyed the food to see if it looked appetizing. You might have even smelled it or asked…

Some Friends Are Real, Some Are Not

February 7, 2020 |

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)  One of the most popular tv shows in the late 80s was “Golden Girls.” There are a lot of reasons why this show was wildly successful, but I truly believe one of the…

Intake Determines Outcomes

February 6, 2020 |

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who see the Lord lack no good thing (Psalm 34:8-10)  About a hundred years ago,…

Who Are You Connected To?

February 5, 2020 |

Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” He got up, took his…

Let Jesus Speak To Your Inner Discouragement

February 4, 2020 |

Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:4-5)  As we…

Loyalty Is Unconditional

February 3, 2020 |

“Some men came, bringing to him [Jesus] a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.” (Mark 2:3)  One of the marks of a great friend is loyalty, specifically loyalty when your circumstances aren’t great. This kind of loyalty is what the paralyzed man experienced from his four friends who carried him to Jesus.   What’s interesting…

Real Friends Make Sacrifices

February 2, 2020 |

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home… Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. (Mark 2:1,3)  Think about the people your surround yourself with, particularly your friends. Would you consider these people to be true and loyal friends?…

Step Aside For Those In Need

February 1, 2020 |

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. (Mark 2:1-2)  As Mark is setting the scene for the account of the paralyzed…

Don’t Lose Hope Despite Your Disappointment

January 31, 2020 |

“And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,…