Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

Withdraw to the Wilderness

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Withdraw to the Wilderness

Luke 5:12-16 Some may read today's Gospel and say that Jesus is acting selfishly. He has the power to "heal their infirmities." He has a gift that makes people want to listen to His words. "But he withdrew to the wilderness and prayed." Jesus is here giving us a lesson by example. He is showing us that no matter how pressing issues in our life may be, we must take time to pray. We must withdraw to our own wilderness, a room in the back of the house, a chapel, a walk down the street, a park, or any other...

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A cry, Behold the Lamb: Poem

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A cry, Behold the Lamb: Poem

John 1:29-34 Cain, the jealous sower, Spills first the blood of man. Abel, the innocent shepherd, A cry, Behold the lamb. Abram withholds nothing, An angel stays his hand. God will provide the sacrifice. A cry, Behold the lamb. Pharaoh's heart is hardened, Mercy ends in the land. The angel passes over, A cry, Behold the lamb. John by waters edge, Many baptized by his hand. A dove descends upon the Christ, A cry, Behold the Lamb. The Heavens all cry out, Here is the Son of Man. Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord, A cry, Behold the Lamb. Another Christ at...

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Unanswered Prayers

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Unanswered Prayers

Whenever I take the time to look back on my life I am amazed at the goodness of God. Especially so in light of my wandering ways. When I look back at the things I asked for and what was given to me instead I am filled with praise and thanksgiving. Like the country song says, "some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers." Scripture tells us that God's ways are not our ways and sometimes this just plain stinks! Yet, God is a loving Father who knows what is best for us. He has a plan for us. And...

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Our Eternal Family Tree

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Our Eternal Family Tree

Matthew 1:18-24 I often like to contemplate the chain of events that brought me to existence. I wonder what sort of things had to happen for my father and mother to meet. Then I dive deeper in grandparents, great-grandparents and on and on. Could one missed appointment have meant my not being born? Could a premature death changed our family's lineage forever? I also like to think about the people in my lineage. Were they honorable? Thieves? Nobles? Murderers? Servants? Were there adulterers? Kings? Lords? Peasants? In this way, my family history fascinates me. Today we are introduced to Jesus,...

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Days 18-22 of the 90 Day Adventure through the Bible

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Days 18-22 of the 90 Day Adventure through the Bible

Day 18 - Exodus 21-24 How to Live These four chapters consist of mostly rules and regulations.  The reading can seem a bit tedious but we do well to remember that God is teaching His people how to live with one another.  For 400 years they have lived in the midst of Egypt.  Inevitably they have adopted many of the Egyptian ways in action, mind, and heart.  God a very real sense God is dealing with an addict here or maybe even a people with Stockholm syndrome. Day 19 - Exodus 25-28 How to Worship In these four chapters we...

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