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Birth: Hungry Bible Study Chapter 2

  Photo by Hu Chen on Unsplash   Birth. It's the ultimate fresh start. When in your life have you felt like you needed a fresh start? When I switched schools for junior high, I remember thinking nobody knows me here...I…
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Hungry Chapter 1: Hunger, The Whole Story

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash What is the whole story of our hunger? That's the topic of chapter 1. Last week's question, What am I hungry for?  is a helpful starting point for our sense of emptiness. It pauses our mindless…
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Hungry Bible Study: Introduction

  Summer is a great time for a laid back Bible study. A new friend from Massachusetts chose Hungry for her Summer Book Club Study. She has invited me to join them on June 15 via FaceBook Live to encourage the women from around…
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Chased By Blessings: Jesus’ Ascension is Good News

  Chased. That's how we sometimes feel. Who's after us? And what do they want? Jesus' Ascension is the topic of our current series. Why did he have to leave us? That’s the question his disciples must have asked when he told…
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See Jesus: As He Ascends

Photo by Jeremy Perkins on Unsplash Seeing Jesus is essential for our faith. We see him now by faith, but those who lived then, when he did, saw him with their own eyes. They were eye witnesses of his life, death, and resurrection. But…
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Blinded By the Light: The Final Eye Witness

Blinded. The final eye witness of the resurrected Jesus was literally blinded by what he saw. He wasn’t thrilled to see him. No, he was as shocked as if he had run full speed into a brick wall. Ever since Easter Sunday we have been…
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Seeing Is Believing: From the Eye Witnesses to Us

Is seeing necessary for our faith? Aren’t we supposed to believe without seeing? In last week’s post we explored the words that Jesus said to Thomas, otherwise known as “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas had insisted on seeing his risen…
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Does Doubting Thomas Deserve His Name?

  Why do we insist on labeling Thomas the “doubting disciple”? Is he getting a bad rap from history, or does Scripture support our nickname for him? And how does his story encourage us today? After a week of vacation, I’m…
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Open Ears, Open Mouths: Isaiah 50:4

  What was Jesus doing after the resurrection? He was giving us, not just the open tomb, but open ears and an open mouth. Why didn’t Jesus return to heaven right away? Because he spent 40 days filling the weary with joy. Easter…

Self-Control: How Jesus Ruled Himself for Our Sake

Many Christians practice self-control during the season of Lent, fasting from favorite foods to draw closer to Jesus. When I was nine years old, I decided to give up ice cream sandwiches for Lent, which I considered a great sacrifice…