Death and Taxes?

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Genesis 1:26-31 New International Version (NIV) 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image,     in the […]

Do you believe it?

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Psalm 133 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Psalm 133 The Blessedness of Unity A Song of Ascents. 1 How very good and pleasant it is     when kindred live together in unity! 2 It is like the precious oil on the head,     running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron,     running down over the collar of his […]

He’s Alive!

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John 20:1-18 New International Version (NIV) The Empty Tomb 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalenewent to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved,and said, “They have taken […]

Crying Stones

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Luke 19:29-40    New International Version (NIV) 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany at the hill called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, 30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring […]

Stones to Bread

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Matthew 4:1-11    New International Version (NIV) Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness 4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus […]

Upon This Rock

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Matthew 16:13-20    New International Version (NIV) Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about […]

Hearts of Stone

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Luke 11:37-54 New International Version (NIV) Woes on the Pharisees and the Experts in the Law 37 When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. 38 But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. 39 Then the […]

Sticks and Stones

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John 8:1-12 New International Version (NIV) 8 1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before […]

Rejected Stones

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Psalm 118 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Psalm 118 A Song of Victory 1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;     his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let Israel say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” […]

Playing it Safe

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Genesis 18:1-8 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) A Son Promised to Abraham and Sarah 18 The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet […]