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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus in the Tomb

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The Jewish leaders insisted that Pilate secure the tomb with soldiers stating that Jesus' disciples might steal his body away and claim that He'd been resurrected. They asserted that this second "deception"-resurrection- would be worse than the first- believing Jesus to be the Messiah. Pilate, perhaps with a hint of sarcasm, deflected the request back at them saying "you h...

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus on the Cross

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Behind the covering of the blood-soaked purple cloak and the excruciating punctures of the thorns that adorned his head, was the embodiment of Almighty God - the Creator of all things. At a moment’s notice, a single word from the Most High would have removed Him from this heinous act and return Him to his rightful position in the presence of the Father. Yet, He remaine...

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus in the Garden

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In the garden of Gethsemane, we find Jesus with a heavy heart, “greatly distressed and troubled.” Going to pray, Jesus confided in His disciples that His soul was “very sorrowful, even to death.” (Mark 14:33-34) Luke tells us our Lord was in such anguish that while praying in the garden He began to sweat blood. (Luke 22:44)...

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus Anointed, His Betrayal Arranged

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Have you ever said or done something that was driven by ulterior motives or ignorance? Jesus surrounded himself with people who made these choices, imperfect like us. He patiently endures and expects our shortcomings. And like a shepherd, He gently corrects in a way that directs the focus of the problem from the behavior to the heart....

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus Questioned

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The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to ask questions of Jesus. This would have been part of their responsibilities as religious leaders. They wanted to make sure the truth was taught; however, Mark 11:18 tells us they already had their minds made up. They were working their own purposes rather than serving the mission of God....

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus Cleanses the Temple

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When Jesus entered the temple and began driving out the money changers, He was not alone in His anger on the historic occasion. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus spoke from the prophets, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of robbers.” These words were not lost on the chief priests and the scr...

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Holy Week Devotional: Jesus Enters Jerusalem

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Knowing He was hated by the most powerful men in Jerusalem, Jesus could have chosen to slip into the city quietly for the Passover Feast. Not only did He choose a public arrival, but Jesus entered in the midst of a joyous celebration. He embraced the suffering ahead of him......

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Facing Anxiety with the Dread of God

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A quick search on ways to ease anxiety will produce common results: focus on what you can control; exercise deep breathing; and practice self-care. While opinions on this subject vary, it is widely accepted genetics, chemistry, trauma, or a combination, are contributing factors to the anxiety many experience today. Our Creator is glorified any time we trust in him through...

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What did the apostles say about church leadership?

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The New Testament has much to say about the appointment of leadership in the church. As Paul traveled on his missionary journeys he made it a practice to appoint elders in every church. He instructed Timothy to recognize those elders who rule and especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. Paul exhorted Titus to appoint elders in every town. Notably, Paul used th...

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Husbands & Last Minute Gift Ideas

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Some men excel at gift-giving, but a large swath of the male population is relatively unsuccessful at this endeavor. The commercialization of Christmas amplifies the situation. Online searches lead some husbands to choose disastrous gift options such as a map of the stars, a phone sanitizer, or even monogrammed coasters. [Disclaimer: if you have received or given any of th...

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