Category Archives: Stories in the Bible

There are no small parts…

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About a million years ago,  when I was at Concordia University in Austin Texas {GO TORNADOES!}, a little film crew came through to shoot a small scene in one of our classrooms. At the time, the movie was just getting started and would take a whopping 12 years to complete!

It was all very glamorous of course. We were told when to enter and exit, assigned seats, told when to “laugh,” and of course did all of this over and over and over again. All for the sake of a few moments in the film.

My friends and I played a very tiny roll in a movie encompassing a twelve year span and unless you were there, you could probably care less about the people sitting in those seats. We added nothing to the storyline, we just filled the space.

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But there’s one thing I learned in my years of theater.

There are no small parts…

The same goes for those obscure stories of the Bible…

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{Living Word} The Crucifixion

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There are no words in any language of the world, nor in the heavens above, to express the agony involved with being crucified. Men have tried to portray crucifixion in movies. Enhancing the screams, overflow of blood from wounds, and the sound of metal scraping against bone into a wooden beam. They try in vain.

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{Living Word} It will turn out the way it should…

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John 13

Why does it always seem like the ordinary becomes extraordinary around Jesus? How is it He can take a simple thing like a meal and turn it into something that leaves us speechless and astonished?

We already knew this Passover would be different. How could it not? We entered Jerusalem in the middle of a parade! People were calling out from every direction:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna!”

“Blessed is the King of Israel!”

We couldn’t believe our eyes! Men started to cut palm branches and lay them out before Jesus. If they didn’t have any, they laid out their outer cloak instead! I doubt many of those cloaks were of much use once that donkey trampled them. The people didn’t seem to care though. They cried out even louder.

I could almost swear I heard angels among them…but that’s impossible.

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{Living Word} Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand

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feeding_the_4000Matthew 15:29-39

I didn’t understand why my father brought me with him to hear this man speak, but he did. Early that morning, he gathered up my older brother and me with a few provisions, kissed my pregnant mother goodbye and we headed out.

It took all day to get to our destination. Before crossing over the Sea of Galilee, we stopped and ate the lunch we’d packed. I was relieved once we loaded into the small boat. My father and brother were used to walking great distances, but I only walked to and from the well each day and to Temple on the Sabbath. I didn’t want to complain about the soreness in my feet or the dust that had collected almost up to my knees.

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Leap of Faith…

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How many of you have ever been on a boat when the wind and the waves have kicked up? Have you ever tried to “step out”? It’s not as easy as it sounds! Peter couldn’t have simply stepped out of the boat, not with the waves rocking it the way they were and the wind fighting against the sails. When Christ called him to “Come,” v.29 Peter would’ve had to brace himself, grasp the side of the vessel, and swing his legs over the side, hoping a wave didn’t kick and knock him back. Talk about a LEAP OF FAITH! I can just picture him taking a breath and jumping over the side, and hitting the water. His knees bend naturally, but he stays there for just a moment, expecting to continue through the water. Then, slowly, he begins to rise, firmly standing on the water. Can you imagine that first step? One step…two…three…four…how many does he take? Press rewind for a moment…

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Worthy is the Lamb

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I love Holy Week, in fact, I think I’m one of those rare people who prefers the season of Lent over Advent. I love this time of personal reflection with it’s somber overtones as we examine our walk with Jesus, burying our joyful “Alleluias” for 40 days. Then Easter Sunday comes, with it’s explosion of life as the empty tomb is revealed and the hope of nations arises out of the darkness. This past Sunday we celebrated Palm Sunday, when Christ rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on a donkey, not on a grand horse adorned with fine linens or silks, but a foal or colt which had never been ridden before, humble and dirty. As He and his disciples made their way into the city, people came out with palm branches waving, laying out their cloaks for the coming King, calling… Read the rest of this entry

Proverbs: Chapter Fourteen

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Since I’m a day behind, I am only going to pick my favorite five verses from this chapter. Feel free to talk about your favorite in the comment section below.

More Proverbs of Solomon…

v.23 “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Yep, it’s true y’all, if you just talk about doing something…it won’t make it  happen! DOING something makes it happen. Whether you are wanting to save for a house, learn more about God, get healthier, finish your work, learn the piano, or whatever it might be, action is the only way to get things done. That being said, for some reason, when I read this I thought of something I read in Renee Swope’s book A Confident Heart. I’m currently doing her online Bible study on her book and this week we are in chapter nine and it’s all about worry {I highly recommend stopping by her lesson on worry: CLICK HERE}. On page 163 of her book, she shares a quote from one of Max Lucado’s books called Come Thirsty:

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