Bones

Bones. Reading from Ezekiel 37, “He sat me down in the middle of a valley of dry bones.” We know the feeling. Things get difficult and no matter which way we turn, nothing but dry bones. But God was teaching the prophet (and us) a lesson. The question before Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” When Ezekiel prophesied as God commanded, there was a great rattling sound and the bones came together. After a second prophesy, “breath” and...

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Confidence in Christ

As I walked into the classroom to take my final college exam, I remembered a quote I had memorized earlier, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Knowing that I had been diligent to study throughout the semester, I felt confident that I was prepared. Interestingly, those who had stayed up all night cramming for the exam were exhausted and lacked the confidence that I enjoyed. As Christ followers, we are instructed to walk...

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Christ-like Compassion in Daily Life

Then Jesus went to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and every sickness. When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” —Matthew...

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Called to Connect

It was late Thursday evening. Jesus and the disciples were making their way to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, knowing that His crucifixion was at hand. Passing by the temple, they saw a huge golden grapevine carved over the entrance. Jesus offered words of commission and comfort to His disciples… “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He...

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15 Titles of Jesus in Scripture

When we meet people for the first time, we often ask common get-to-know-you questions such as…What do you do? Where did you go to school? Where are you from? Are you married? Do you have children? Basically we are asking them to tell us about their titles. Titles don’t just tell us what a person does; they also give us insight into who a person is. In order to get to know Jesus so that we become more like Him,...

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