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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…

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Get Dirty for the Planet

“For see, I am creating new heavens and a new earth—so wonderful that no one will even think about the old ones anymore. Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation. Look! I will re-create Jerusalem as a place of happiness, and her people shall be a joy!”  Isaiah 65:17-18 (The Living Bible) Causes are great. And causes are not so great. That’s…

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Get Dirty

“When the time came, [Jesus] set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.”  Philippians 2:7-8…

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Greater Love

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13 Jesus here tells us to love people the same way that He has loved us. Now, I don’t know about you, but that seems like a very tall order. How…