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Inspirationals

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Lenten Devotion: 3-26-16

Saturday, March 26, 2016   The next day, that is, after the day of Preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered before Pilate and said, “Sir, we remember what that impostor said while he was still alive, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ Therefore command the tomb to be made secure until the third day; […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-25-16

Friday March 25, 2015   Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.                                                 John 19:25    
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Lenten Devotion: 3-24-16

THURSDAY MARCH 24, 2016   Then they came to a place called Gethsemane. He said to his disciples, “Stay here while I pray.”  He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-23-16

Wednesday, March 23, 2016   When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”   Luke 24:14-17
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Lenten Devotion: 3-22-16

Tuesday, March 22, 2016   The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10
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Lenten Devotion: 3-21-16

Monday, March 21, 2016   And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-19-16

Saturday, March 19, 2016   The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.  So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord—the King of Israel!”     […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-18-16

Friday, March 18, 2016   Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.  And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-17-17

Thursday, March 17, 2016    Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.                                     Revelation 3:20      
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Lenten Devotion: 3-16-16

Wednesday, March 16, 2016   Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land.  He began to teach them many things in parables, and in […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-15-16

Tuesday, March 15, 2016   Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-14-16

Monday, March 14, 2016   But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac.  So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this slave woman with her son, Ishmael; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.”  The matter […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-12-16

Saturday March 12, 2016   Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.  There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-11-16

Friday March 11, 2016 But while he [the younger son] was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-10-16

Thursday March 10, 2016    Then Samson called to the Lord and said, “Lord God, remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God, so that with this one act of revenge I may pay back the Philistines for my two eyes.” And Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and he leaned his […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-9-16

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.  Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-8-16

Tuesday, March 8, 2016   When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.     Acts 2:1-2
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Lenten Devotion: 3-7-16

Monday March 7, 2016 On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, opposite the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne inside the palace opposite the entrance to the palace.  As soon as the king saw Queen Esther standing in […]
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Lenten Devotion: 3-5-16

Saturday March 5, 2016   Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”        Matthew 9:14  
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Lenten Devotion: 3-4-16

Friday March 4, 2016   For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.  Psalm 27:5
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Lenten Devotion: 3-3-16

Thursday March 3, 2016   For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.   Hebrews 4:15  
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Lenten Devotion: 3-2-16

Wednesday, March 2, 2016   Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus.  But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2-29-16

Monday February 29, 2016   The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2-27-16

Saturday, February 27, 2016   Where can I go from your spirit?  Or where can I flee from your presence?  If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.  If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2-26-16

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016   Then the Lord said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you alone are righteous before me in this generation.  Take with you seven pairs of all clean animals, the male and its mate; and a pair of the animals that are not clean, […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2-25-16

Thursday, February 25, 2016 As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. . . . David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2-24-16

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights.    Jonah 1:17  
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Lenten Devotion: 2-23-16

Tuesday, February 23, 2016   In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light . . . .  .  And God […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2-22-16

Monday, February 22, 2016   Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard, ‘Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John’— although it was not Jesus himself but his disciples who baptized— he left Judea and started back to Galilee. But he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2-19-16

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 18, 2016   Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2-18-16

Thursday, February 18, 2016 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” . . .  “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2/17/16

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.   Psalm 33:2
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Lenten Devotion: 2/15/16

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2016 Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.”  So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2/13/16

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016 For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below—there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from […]
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Lenten Devotion: 2/12/16

FRIDAY  FEBRUARY 12, 2016     This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’        Jeremiah 6:16  
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Lenten Devotion: 2/11/16

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016   So Pilate asked him, “Are you a king, then?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this one purpose, to speak about the truth. Whoever belongs to the truth listens to me.”   John 18:37  
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Lenten Devotion: 2/10/16

ASH WEDNESDAY Wednesday, February 10, 2016  I am become like dust and ashes.                          Job 30:19b
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This I Believe: Faith is a Necessary Thing

This I Believe:  Faith is a Necessary Thing Friday, February 5, 2016 Hebrews 11:1   Now faith is made up of the things for which you confidently wait, it is the promise of what you cannot see.  {Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of that which you cannot see.}  
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This I Believe: Never Alone

This I Believe:  Never Alone Thursday, February 4, 2016 Deuteronomy 31:6   Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. 
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This I Believe: Your Soul is Priceless

This I Believe:  Your Soul Is Priceless Wednesday, February 3, 2016 Matthew 16:26   What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?  
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This I Believe: God Has Plans for Our Closets

THIS I BELIEVE:  GOD HAS PLANS FOR OUR CLOSETS Thursday, January 28, 2016 Colossians 3:12, 14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. . . .  And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.
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This I Believe: God Has Given Us an Offense

THIS I BELIEVE:  GOD HAS GIVEN US AN OFFENSE Monday, January 25, 2016 II Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons with which we fight are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 
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This I Believe: God is Closer Than Breath

THIS I BELIEVE:  GOD IS CLOSER THAN BREATH Tuesday, January 19, 2016 I Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? 
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This I Believe: God Cares Deeply For You

THIS I BELIEVE:  GOD CARES DEEPLY FOR YOU Monday, January 18, 2016 Isaiah 43:4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give people in exchange for you, nations in exchange for your life.
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This I Believe: God is in the Silence

THIS I BELIEVE:  GOD IS IN THE SILENCE Friday, January 15, 2016 I Kings 19:11-12 The Lord said to Elijah, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, […]
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This I Believe: God Wants Us to Dance

THIS I BELIEVE:  GOD WANTS US TO DANCE Thursday, January 14, 2016 Psalm 150 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.  Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with […]
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This I Believe: God Counts Our Tears

THIS I BELIEVE:  GOD COUNTS OUR TEARS Tuesday, January 12, 2016 Psalm 51:5-6, 8 My enemies make trouble for me all day long; they are always thinking up some way to hurt me!  They gather in hiding places and watch everything I do, hoping to kill me. . . .  You know how troubled I […]
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This I Believe: There is Nowhere God is Not

This I Believe: There is Nowhere God is Not    MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2016 — Psalm 139:7-12 Whither shall I go from thy Spirit?  Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.  If I take the wings of the […]
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This I Believe: God Has Plans for Us

THIS I BELIEVE: GOD HAS PLANS FOR US FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2016 – Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  
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This I Believe: God Offers Discipline Out of Love

THIS I BELIEVE: GOD OFFERS DISCIPLINE OUT OF LOVE THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 2016 – Hebrews 12:8-11 “For the LORD disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who […]
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This I Believe: Rest is Holy

THIS I BELIEVE:  REST IS HOLY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6, 2016 – Exodus 31:16-17 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on […]
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This I Believe: God Longs to Remove Our Sin

THIS I BELIEVE: GOD LONGS TO REMOVE OUR SIN TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2016 — Psalm 103:10-12 [God] does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from […]
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This I Believe: We Are Originally Blessed

THIS I BELIEVE:  WE ARE ORIGINALLY BLESSED MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2016 — Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.   
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A Sure Foundation 12-21-15

John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
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A Sure Foundation 12-17-15

Matthew 28:18-20  “And Jesus came and said to them ‘Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of […]
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A Sure Foundation 12-16-15

Mark 12:29-31   “The first and most important [commandment] is this,” Jesus replied,  ” ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength’. The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as […]
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A Sure Foundation 12-15-15

Matthew 7:21 It is not everyone who keeps saying to me ‘Lord, Lord’ who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the one who actually does my Heavenly Father’s will.  
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A Sure Foundation 12-14-15

Acts 1:7-8 And the [Disciples] asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you are going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”  To this he replied, “You cannot know times and dates which have been fixed by the Father’s sole authority. But you are to be given power when the Holy Spirit has come to you. […]
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A Sure Foundation 12-11-15

Mark 5:35-36 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.”
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A Sure Foundation 12-10-15

Mark 2:4-5 And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
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A Sure Foundation 12-9-15

Luke 6:32-36 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope […]
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A Sure Foundation 12-8-15

John 1:43-47 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me”. Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son […]
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A Sure Foundation 12-4-15

John 13:34   “Now I am giving you a new command – love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you must love one another. This is how all men will know that you are my disciples, because you have such love for one another.” 
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A Sure Foundation 12-3-15

Mark 7:15   Listen to me now, all of you, and understand this, There is nothing outside a man which can enter into him and make him [unclean]. It is the things which come out of a man that make him [unclean]!  
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A Sure Foundation 12-2-15

John 14:27   I leave behind with you – peace; I give you my own peace and my gift is nothing like the peace of this world. You must not be distressed and you must not be daunted.  
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A Sure Foundation 11-30-15

Luke 17:21     The kingdom of God never comes by watching for it. Men cannot say, ‘Look, here it is’, or ‘there it is’, for the kingdom of God is inside you.  
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A Sure Foundation 11-27-15

Matthew 9:27-29  As Jesus passed on his way two blind men followed him with the cry, “have pity on us, Son of David!” And when he had gone inside the house these two came up to him. “Do you believe I can do it?” he said to them. “Yes, Lord,” they replied.  Then he touched their eyes, saying, “You […]
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A Sure Foundation 11-26-15

Luke 22:17, 19   “And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, ‘Take this, and divide it among yourselves’: And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, ‘This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.’ “  
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A Sure Foundation 11-19-15

Mark 10:13 “Jesus said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, do not to stop them; for it is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs.’ “
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A Sure Foundation 11-18-15

Luke 12:24 “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; neither do they have storehouses or barns; yet God feeds them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?”
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A Sure Foundation 11-17-15

Mark 11:22 “Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God.  Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you.”
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A Sure Foundation 11-16-15

Matthew 25:37-40 “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you a drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? […]
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A Sure Foundation 11-14-15

The words from the Gospel of Luke, though not in red letters, seem so appropriate this morning. In the 19th chapter of Luke, Jesus approaches Jerusalem, looks out over the city and weeps. The word Jerusalem means, ‘place where we teach peace’.  Jesus knew that there was little peace in the heart of that ancient […]
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A Sure Foundation 11-10-15

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
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A Sure Foundation 11-6-15

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my […]
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A Sure Foundation 10-30-15

Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”  John 6:53
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A Sure Foundation 10-27-15

“Mary . . . sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word . . . .  Mary has chosen the better part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10: 39, 42
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A Sure Foundation 10-26-15

“It is not the fit and flourishing who need the doctor, but those who are ill. I did not come to invite the ‘righteous’, but the ‘sinners’.” Mark 2:17
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A Sure Foundation 10-23-15

MATTHEW 7:3-5 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and fail to notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me get the speck out of your eye’, when there is a plank in your own? You fraud! Take the plank out of […]
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A Sure Foundation 10-22-15

MARK 9:24 “Everything is possible to the man who believes.” “I do believe,” the boy’s father burst out. “Help me to believe more!”
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A Sure Foundation 10-20-15

LUKE 13:20-21 “What can I say the kingdom of God is like? It is like the yeast which a woman took and covered up in three measures of flour until the whole lot had risen.”
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A Sure Foundation 10-16-15

MATTHEW 5:43-44 “You have heard that it used to be said, ‘You shall love your neighbor’, and ‘hate your enemy’, but I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Heavenly Father.”
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A Sure Foundation 10-14-15

LUKE 18:17 “The kingdom of God belongs to little children like these. I tell you, the man who will not accept the kingdom of God like a little child will never get into it at all.”
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A Sure Foundation 10-13-15

The Gospel of Mark 7:14-15 – “Then he called the crowd close to him again, and spoke to them, ‘Listen to me now, all of you, and understand this, There is nothing outside a man which can enter into him and make him ‘common’. It is the things which come out of a man that […]
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Pastor Zina’s Sermons

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April 16, 2017

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  • On 04/17/2017

From the Corner of Compassion and Acceptance by Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque

April 9, 2017

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  • On 04/12/2017

Compassion’s Slow Procession by Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque  

April 2, 2017

  • Posted by Cindy Alton
  • On 04/04/2017

  “How’s Your Heart?” by Dr. Samira El-Yasir

March 26, 2017

  • Posted by Cindy Alton
  • On 03/27/2017

    Compassion’s Origin and Obstruction by Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque

March 19, 2107

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  • On 03/20/2017

Sermon “The Most Unlikely” by Rev. Sarah Jay

March 12, 2017

  • Posted by Cindy Alton
  • On 03/13/2017

Sermon “Acceptance” by Rev. Dr. Zina Jacque