“Follow Me”

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Mark 1:16-20

THE call of the fishermen disciples by the sea (Matt. 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20) was really a second call, a call to service. Peter, Andrew and John were already disciples, having first followed Christ as recorded in John 1:35-51.

Notice that our Lord uses the same figure for their new work as the work they had been following: “fishers of men.” The Lord exalts and spiritualizes our work, transforms it into a heavenly calling. Here, certainly, is a call to soul-winning, a vocation not popular with many Christians. Some, falling back upon predestination, argue that God will convict and save those whom He chooses. That is true, but one of the means He uses to convict the unsaved is the ministry of a personal worker.

The disciples followed “straightway,” which implies that much still must be learned. Peter followed in much self-will and had to be humbled and broken…

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The Kingdom of God

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The kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14

My mother has been committed to many things over the course of her life, but one that has remained constant is her desire to see little children introduced to Jesus. Of the few times I’ve witnessed my mother display disagreement publicly, all were when someone attempted to cut a children’s ministry budget in favor of what they felt were more “serious” expenditures. “I took off one summer when I was pregnant with your brother, but that’s it,” she told me. I did a little family math and I realized my mom had been working with children in the church for fifty-five years.

Mark 10 records one of the endearing stories in the Gospels commonly titled “The Little Children and Jesus.” People were bringing children to Jesus that He might touch and bless them. But the disciples tried to prevent…

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VIDEO Get Moving on Flag Day!

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Abide in Me… —John 15:4

In the matter of determination. The Spirit of Jesus is put into me by way of the atonement by the Cross of Christ. I then have to build my thinking patiently to bring it into perfect harmony with my Lord. God will not make me think like Jesus— I have to do it myself. I have to bring “every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). “Abide in Me”— in intellectual matters, in money matters, in every one of the matters that make human life what it is. Our lives are not made up of only one neatly confined area.

Am I preventing God from doing things in my circumstances by saying that it will only serve to hinder my fellowship with Him? How irrelevant and disrespectful that is! It does not matter what my circumstances are. I can be as…

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The Abiding Presence

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John 14:17

God gave two great gifts to the world. He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior, and He gave the Holy Spirit to be our abiding presence. Consider Jesus’ words about the Holy Spirit: “You know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you” (John 14:17).

Identify His person: “You know Him.” The disciples already knew about the Holy Spirit because Jesus had told them about Him. We know about the Spirit because Christ revealed the Holy Spirit to us.

Acknowledge His partnership: “He lives with you.” He is not a distant, obscure proposition. He is a present, familiar association. If we do not perceive him in continual partnership with us it is not because of His absence but because of our apathy. We sometimes think that if we have no manifestation of the Spirit, He is absent. The Spirit was not noticeably…

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Secure Hope

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Psalm 42

Hope is essential for life in a fallen world. Unless we believe something better awaits us in the future, we might sink into utter despair. But optimistic anticipation can also bring disappointment when we look forward to something that doesn’t materialize. So how do we determine where to place our hope—and what our response should be if it isn’t fulfilled?

Hope is secure when it’s aligned with the Lord’s desires, which are revealed in Scripture. However, many of our expectations are based on wishes or feelings. We long for things like job promotions, good health, strong relationships, or quick solutions to our problems, but we have no absolute promise from the Lord that these are part of His will for us.

Disappointment with God can occur whenever our expectations do not coincide with His plan. Even when hope is based on a scriptural promise, the Lord may not…

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A Prophet in His Own Country

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Mark 1:14-15

AFTER John was cast into prison, our Lord came and dwelt in Capernaum, thus fulfilling Isaiah 9:1-2 and 42:6-7. Mark tells us (1:14-15) that He came into Galilee saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye and believe the gospel.” Luke tells us that He came to Galilee “in the power of the spirit.” At Nazareth, His own hometown, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day “as His custom was.” It reminds us of Paul entering the synagogue of the Jews in Thessalonica “as his manner was.” It is not the custom or manner of many nowadays, even many Christians, to follow this example.

Anyone might address the congregation, so our Lord stood up to read. He took His text from Isaiah 61:1-2: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to heal the…

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Hunter’s Old School Set – Bidenz Broz

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They did pretty well for themselves when he was a Senator. Now they have the White House…Opportunity isn’t knocking, it’s kicking their door in. Concerns will be getting the bonanza sheltered and keeping it invisible.

It’s easy to imagine the smartest crook Joe knows has a plan for everything, based on his experience and strategies he carefully devised while in rehab. There is no way they allow this windfall to pass by untasted.

Here Dem Bone Thug Lyin’ Cheatin’ Scammin’ Crack-Ass Junkie Bidenzes Is:

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Romans 15:5 KJV Sing Hallelujah and more Blessings!!

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(Romans 15:5-6 KJV) “Now the GOD of Patience and Consolation Grant you to be Likeminded One Toward Another According to Christ Jesus:That ye may with One Mind and one Mouth Glorify GOD, even the FATHER of our LORD Jesus Christ.”!!

JOHN 15-5 KKV AMEMN!!

(John 15:5 KJV)“I AM the VINE, ye are the branches: He that Abideth in ME, and I in HIM, the same Bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”!!

(Exodus 15:26 KJV) “And Said, If thou Wilt Diligently Hearken ( Listen ) to the Voice of the LORD thy GOD, and Wilt do that which is Right in HIS Sight, and Wilt Give Ear toHIS Commandments, and Keep all HIS Statutes, I Will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: forIAMthe LORDthat Healeth thee.”!!TRUSTin the LORD…

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The Whole Truth

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The Holy Spirit … will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.—John 14:26

Another lesson given by Jesus to His disciples when preparing them to receive the Holy Spirit was that the Holy Spirit would teach them and remind them of all that Jesus had said. A famous agnostic once said that the irreconcilable conflict between science and religion is that science is never fixed—it is open and progressive: religion, on the other hand, is fixed on absolutes and dogmas.

Well, it is true that Christianity is fixed, but it also provides for a continuing revelation: “The Holy Spirit … will teach you all things.” Jesus is God’s final and complete revelation, but because of the limitations in us, this revelation must be gradually unfolding. Notice, however, that the teaching of the Spirit is according to a fixed pattern: “[He] will … remind…

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He Knows Your Name

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I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

After breaking with our longtime church, my husband and I reunited with the fellowship after three long years.But how would people treat us? Would they welcome us back? Love us? Forgive us for leaving?We got our answer on a sunny Sunday morning. As we walked through the big church doors, we kept hearing our names. “Pat! Dan! It’s so great to see you!” As children’s author Kate DiCamillo wrote in one of her popular books, “Reader, nothing is sweeter in this sad world than the sound of someone you love calling your name.”

The same assurance was true for the people of Israel. We had chosen a different church for a time, but they had turned their backs on God. Yet He welcomed them back. He sent the prophet Isaiah to assure them, “Do not fear, for…

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