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My brother

Genesis 4:9  9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Am I my brother’s keeper? How often do we ask ourselves that question? I suspect if you are like me, the answer is not often enough. Better yet, how often do we live…

Life is a dance

Matthew 4  8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”   Life is a dance, country music sings about it, rock and roll has songs about…

Do good anyway

1 Peter 3: 13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”   Have you ever written something, and as soon as it is down on paper, or the screen…

Limiting others?

1 Corinthians 4: 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.   Only the Lord can judge us, for it is only the Lord that truly knows our heart. Only He knows what we are capable of. Only He knows our full potential. The Lord…

give thanks

Luke 17: 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?   Jesus had just healed ten men with leprosy. All ten men were infected, all ten men had the exact same ailment. Yet once healed only one showed up to give…

anger, rage, malice

Colossians 3: 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.     Ahhhh, and anger rears it’s ugly head once again, this time bringing along rage, malice, and slander…..and most of us think, well I do a pretty good…

Who are you fighting against

Luke 19:  40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Jesus will not be denied! If the crowd were silenced, then the stones would cry out…….the stones…..as in the rocks. I have seen rocks talk when I was a kid on the show fraggle rock…..I have seen a…

Be Healed

Mark 7: 33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened,…

nothing He will not do

Matthew 8: 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. Matthew15: 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and…

love more

Galatians 5: 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor un-circumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.   Paul is speaking out here specifically about if one should be circumcised or not, and if that act makes you Holy. Of course today we really do not have…

Justification

Luke 16: 15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight. Jesus is talking to the Pharisees who were listening to Him teach His disciples. The crux of the teaching is summed up…

Limping Through Life

By Timothy Vowell Pastor of Faith Family Fellowship and President of Relationships for Christ Ministries www.rfcministries.org I was having lunch with a friend of mine and we were talking about where we had been in life and how that had shaped our lives.  Both of us had to admit that there were some things we…

pray

Luke 18: 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”…

follow the leader

John 6: 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down.   5,000 men (we do not know how many women, and children, but that is A LOT of people) all in one place, no food, and it is getting late. An impossible situation…

give up slavery

Galatians 5: 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.   I have spent the last several days at the beach, any one that know me, knows that there is one thing I am overwhelmed by…

The yoke

Matthew 11: 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   When Christ asks to take up His yoke, we often think, of a burden. After all a yoke is typically heavy, however Christ assures us His…

Ash Wednesday

John 15  9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.  12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.   Love, today is a day of love, and a day of sacrifice. For those that do not know, today is ash Wednesday….the…

Timid? I think not!

2 Timothy 1: 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He…

Who is rich?

Mark 10: 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Man! I feel bad for those rich people! I mean really, to have all of that money, and all of that time. It must be hard…