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Seven Last Sayings of Jesus, Part 1

The last words of a dying loved one are remembered and treasured as some of the most important words spoken. On Good Friday, the Gospels record seven final sayings of Christ, from the cross, that believers have both cherished and been challenged with in processing their own struggles. No one Gospel contains all of the last words of Christ from the cross. But, a comparison of the narratives will reveal seven powerful statements that express Jesus’ humanity, love, and grace. Let’s review four of Christ’s final words together and discover what truths they reveal. We’ll save the other three for tomorrow. Continue reading “Seven Last Sayings of Jesus, Part 1” »

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Releasing Past Regrets

The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. Luke 22:61-62 (NIV)

How do you handle past regrets? We can’t deny them or repress them. That would only lead to more regret. We can only release them into Jesus’ loving, nail-scarred hands. That’s what Peter did.

Think of the regret he must have felt when he denied Christ three times the night before the crucifixion. He had sworn his loyalty to Jesus. “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” (Luke 22:33, NIV).   Continue reading “Releasing Past Regrets” »

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Living Intentionally

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Matthew 25:13 (NIV)

Having good intentions does not mean you are intentional. If you knew that your days were limited, you would become much more intentional with your time and resources. You would have more clarity about your priorities and what you needed to do to get everything done.

Jesus tells a parable along this line in His final days before His death. You can read it in Matthew 25:1-13. Though our marriage customs are different today, the point of the parable remains constant. It’s foolish to wait until the last minute to be prepared. Yet, how many times have I been guilty of doing just that? I tend to put off the things that are most important to me. Why is that? Continue reading “Living Intentionally” »

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Discovery Your Spiritual Gifts

“When I stand before God at the end of my life,

I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,

and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.’”

Erma Bombeck

Are you as grateful as I am that a GPS – Global Positioning System – has become available for in-car use? I don’t know how I found my way without one. But, a GPS isn’t just for navigating between geographic locations. It represents a great way to consider what God has instilled in us to help us find the road to an abundant life. As we explored yesterday, our individual identity and unique purpose go hand in hand. If we want to know what we’re called to pursue in this life, then we must look at how God created us. We must be willing to activate the GPS that our Creator has installed in us. If we’re going to find our way through the many circumstances and choices of life, we must be willing to use three crucial resources: our Gifts, our Passions, and our Struggles. Continue reading “Discovery Your Spiritual Gifts” »

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Discovering Your Real Identity

There lives in each of us a hero awaiting the call to action. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Ever wonder why you matter to God? In one of his poems that we know as the Psalms, David reveals that he had the same question. “When I look up into the night skies and see the work of Your fingers – the moon and the stars You have made – I cannot understand how You can bother with mere puny man, to pay any attention to him!  And yet You have made him only a little lower than the angels.” (Psalm 8:3-5, TLB). Here’s a very important person of his time, a man who God selected from obscurity and anointed as the king of Israel, wondering why God made him. Basically, David said, God, when I look at all that You’ve created, I feel like just a speck of dust. Who am I and what is my place, what is my location, my niche, my position in the grand plan of life? Who have You created me to be?”
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