Confessions of a Recovering Fool Recap 1.31-2.21

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The Fight for Wisdom For the last couple of weeks, Pastor Dave has been walking us through Proverbs and discussing the pursuit of wisdom. Proverbs itself, with its 915 verses addressing a wide variety of topics, reminds us that wisdom cannot be gained in a hurry. It is a path and a process. So we must have patience to identify the …

Wired|Rest

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“I recently started a daily devotional with my children. As a new homeschool mom I felt the need to be intentional with our time with the Lord as a family first thing each morning. Although not a long time, we typically spend 5-10 minutes each morning before school reflecting on a passage and opening our day of school in prayer. …

A Lasting Legacy

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“Abba, Father!”. Three times this phrasing is found in Scripture. Abba is the Hebrew word for father. Each time I read it, I feel the weight of the intimacy it carries.  Our Lord is our Abba, Father, and He desires an intimate relationship with us. He knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb. He knows our thoughts, …

Spiritual Parenting – A Journey of Discipleship

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I recently heard discipleship described as “nurturing Jesus learners”. Reflect with me for a minute…do you have someone in your life that you are spiritually nurturing? How about being spiritually nurtured? No matter how young or old we are, we can be both a discipler and a disciple in different relationships.   “Have you experienced the kind of spiritual parenting Timothy …

Jesus is I am

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We read Jesus’ great testimony of His eternality, His self-sufficiency, His sheer power and all-encompassing nature and like Moses hearing this same Name from the burning bush we may be sure we are standing on holy ground. What does He mean, really?  Let’s look at some other Scriptures that illuminate this text: “He is before all things, and by him …

Jesus is Lord

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“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name… Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9, 11 B The English word Lord is the Greek word transliterated “kyrios” which means “he to whom a person or thing belongs; master, sovereign, prince, chief”, a title of great honor.  God bestowed this name …

ALPHA + OMEGA

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It is difficult to wrap our minds around the enormity of what God reveals to us in the New Testament book of John: Before anything else existed, there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. He created everything there is—nothing exists that he didn’t make. John 1:1-3 NIV Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, …

JESUS IS THE KING

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What does the phrase, “Jesus is King” mean? Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines King as “the chief or sovereign of a nation… invested with supreme authority over a nation, tribe or country.”  When I placed my faith in Jesus, He became king, or supreme authority, over me. This isn’t scary because He loves me unconditionally (John 3:16). He gave me new …

JESUS IS THE REDEEMER

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Redemption is the grand theme of the bible. God’s plan to redeem (buy back) sinners from the slavery of sin and death is THE greatest story ever told. The hero of that story is Jesus, our Redeemer.  In Mark 10 we see Jesus taking his disciples aside to tell them his plan for redemption, which involved dying a tortuous death …

Jesus is The Good Shepherd

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Six times in John 10, Jesus references Himself as a Shepherd, including three times as the Good Shepherd. We learn here that the Good Shepherd lays down His life for sheep and knows who His sheep are. He becomes the door to the fold where the sheep sleep each night, keeping the bad guys out. His sheep hear His voice …