Who Is In Charge Here?

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Exodus 33:12-23   New International Version (NIV) Moses and the Glory of the Lord 12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach […]

The Answer is Yes

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Genesis 18:1-14   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 […]

Producing Fruit

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Matthew 21:33-46   New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Tenants 33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent […]

Being the Church

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Ephesians 4:1-6   New International Version (NIV) Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ 4 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of […]

“You give them something to eat”

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Exodus 16:2-15  New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) 2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought […]

Have Mercy

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Psalm 114   New International Version (NIV) Psalm 114 1 When Israel came out of Egypt,     Jacob from a people of foreign tongue, 2 Judah became God’s sanctuary,     Israel his dominion. 3 The sea looked and fled,     the Jordan turned back; 4 the mountains leaped like rams,     the hills like lambs. 5 Why was it, sea, that you fled?     Why, Jordan, did you […]

Wake Up and Love Your Neighbor

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Matthew 18:15-20   New International Version (NIV) Dealing With Sin in the Church 15 “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may […]

Labor of Love

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Ecclesiastes 5:18-20   New International Version (NIV) 18 This is what I have observed to be good: that it is appropriate for a person to eat, to drink and to find satisfaction in their toilsome laborunder the sun during the few days of life God has given them—for this is their lot. 19 Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and […]

Faith Journey

Jeremiah 29:10-14   New International Version (NIV) 10 This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then […]

Living in 2017 and Beyond

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Jeremiah 1:4-8   New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Jeremiah’s Call and Commission 4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Truly I do not know […]