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Advent 2016 Scripture Readings

Advent means “to come” and is a time designed to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christmas and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. For the next four weeks we encourage you to spend time remembering some of the significant events surrounding Jesus’ birth. Below are daily Scripture readings to help guide you and your family through this season....

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Blind Eyes "See"

“One thing I do know, that though I WAS blind, now I see!” John 9:25 | God is writing a story of His grace in each individual life. I was reflecting on some of the stories that must have been told when families gathered for Thanksgiving (Passover) and camped out under the stars together (Feast of Booths) and met together on the way to and from worship services on those...

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The Manna of God

John 6 | 101 Ways to Serve Manna would have been the #1 bestseller on their Amazon website. For breakfast. For lunch. For dinner. For bedtime snacks. Manna morning, noon, and night!...

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With Jesus in the Storm

John 6:16-21 They did not see it coming. It was but a short boat ride on moon-lit calm waters. A long day first meant to be a mini-vacation turned into a meal to be served to 1000s. Now finally they would be able to relax in familiar settings. Rowing was second nature to most of them and mindless activity. So they would spend the hour or so discussing what had just happen...

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Bread for 1,000s

John 6 | The Lord often, in kindness and grace, allows us to “do without” so that we might learn again what it is that we cannot do without! Like EVERY good parent, he wanted to reinforce the lessons his children had been taught in Sunday School that day. So as they drove toward home, my son asked his son, “So, Ian, what is the one thing man cannot live without?” S...

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Lord of the Sabbath

John 5 | It’s not the happy people who are thankful…it is the thankful people who are happy! In the first of John’s supporting signs, the presenting “need” or opportunity was brought to Jesus’ attention by a mother...

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The Case for Christ

John 1 | “This One who became fully a human being is more amazing than you can imagine! I have seen Him. I have heard Him. I have TOUCHED Him! He is the real deal. You have got to let me introduce you to Him!” Such is the passion of the writer of the fourth biblical account of Jesus, the carpenter’s son, from Nazareth. He was clearly “more than a carpenter!”...

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We SHALL Overcome!

Nehemiah 9-10 | “God’s Word will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from God’s Word.” The gathering would have filled more than half of Memorial Stadium. These were the neighbors they had been partnering with for that last couple of months. These were the wives and kids you had teamed up to protect and for whom you labored morning to night. But there you ar...

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Rebuilding The People of God

Nehemiah 8 When the heavy lifting is over, the hard work begins. Building walls is easy. Rebuilding the people of God? That takes time. But revival and rebuilding begins when spiritually hungry people begin to crave and receive the Word of God! The miracle restoration was now complete. 52 days of challenging, exhausting, discouraging, fear-inducing labor was in th...

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Turn Our Cares Into Prayers

Its time to turn our cares to prayers! We were advised to purchase tickets to land in Burbank rather than at LAX due to the turmoil. It was the last weekend of April, 1992, and as our plane made its final approach, the rising smoke from the downtown riots was thick in the sky. From the airport we drove north to our intended destination, only to pull into a completely va...

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