Faith

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The Songs We Sing: How Am I Supposed to Respond to That?

I’m usually not a big fan of singing songs that center around me and my response to God. All the “I give you my heart” and “I’m living for you, God” songs tend to make me cringe, because they bring the focus away from our True and Living Heavenly Father and onto man, who is fickle, often mistaken, and—let’s just be honest—not…

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The Songs We Sing: God’s Glory

Upon hearing the word “glory,” some of us might envision a shining bright light, a majestic sunrise, or think of the uproarious applause of adoring fans at the close of some Olympic event.  But, what is really meant when we talk about the glory of God? In the Scriptures, the word “glory” simply means “weightiness” or “heaviness”, and carries the idea of…

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Telling Stories

“The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” Luke 8:38-39 (ESV) If I gave you these ingredients: A Naked Dude,…

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An Odd Introduction

“So they arrived in the region of the Gerasenes, across the lake from Galilee. As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet him. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in the tombs outside the town.” Luke 8:26-27 (NLT) We’ve all had the occasional odd first meeting with…

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Miracles: Restoring the People

“While he was still speaking, someone from the ruler’s house came and said, ‘Your daughter is dead; do not trouble the Teacher any more.’ But Jesus on hearing this answered him, ‘Do not fear; only believe, and she will be well.’” Luke 8:49-50 In this story, Jairus was doing everything he could think of to heal his daughter. He fought through the…