Living More Fully With Christ

We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might live no longer be enslaved to sin…. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.   (Rom. 6:6,8) Just after finishing my visit with 35 …

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Jesus Overturning The “Tables”

Then they came to Jerusalem.  And [Jesus] entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves…  (Mk. 11:15) The most unpopular thing I did in 30 years …

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Jesus Asks Us to be Fishermen

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’   (Mk. 1:16-17) I’d just become the pastor of a church on the Maine coast. The church …

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Imitating Jesus

“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) Who do we imitate in life? We imitate our parents, siblings, or friends. We imitate certain television stars, movie characters, or athletes. We imitate the attitudes or behaviors we respect or admire in others. Before I went to school I wanted to imitate …

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Blessed to Be a Blessing

I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.   (Gen. 12:2) At nearly every meeting, bible study, or conversation, John would find a way to say, “Blessed to be a blessing.”  Whenever I thought of John, I thought …

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