#HandWritingTheWord : For This Purpose

Click here for more on #HandWritingTheWord. As I wrote through the first chapter of Mark the first thing that caught my attention was the use of the word immediately. It is used 8 times in the chapter. The second thing to cautch my attention was this verse: But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.” ~ Mark 1:38 In the previous verse (Mark 1:37) we are told that everyone was looking for Him, which to me implies that the […]

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#HandWritingTheWord : The Double Dog Dirty Dare

Recently Andy Ziesemer of The New Divide “double dog dirty” dared his twitter followers to hand write the word starting with the Book of Mark. Yes, that’s right, write it out, not just read it through. I have decided to accept this dare and have written out the first chapter and started the second. I am already seeing the Word in a whole new way. Things that once confused me are becoming clear and other things that I never saw before are jumping off the page, all by the power of the Holy Spirit, of course. […]

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David & Goliath Part 5: Well-Placed Confidence

If you haven’t read the full story of David & Goliath in awhile click here.  You may also want to check out parts 1 -4 in this series. And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. […]

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David & Goliath Part 4: Unlikely Victory

If you haven’t read the full story of David & Goliath in awhile click here.  You may also want to check out parts 1, 2, and 3 in this series. Then (David) took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.  So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before […]

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David & Goliath Part 3: Humble Gifts

Read the full story of David and Goliath here. You may also want to checkout part 1 and part 2 in this David and Goliath series. So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. Then he took his staff in […]

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David & Goliath Part 2: Lions, Bears… & Faith?

If you haven’t read the full story of David and Goliath in awhile click here.  You may also want to check out David & Goliath Part 1: Motives of the Heart. Now when the words which David spoke were heard, they reported them to Saul; and he sent for him. Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of (Goliath); your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, […]

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When Christians Disagree

Read the full chapter here. Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. ~Romans 14:1 One person esteems one day above another, another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.  He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it.  He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives […]

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David & Goliath Part 1: Motives of the Heart

Before we begin please read the full story of David and Goliath here. So the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.” Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach […]

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Patiences and Promises

Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed (David) in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.  So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. ~ 1 Samuel 16:13 Do you notice that after Samuel anointed David as king Samuel got up and left?  Did he take David with him?  No he didn’t.  If you are familiar with this story (and if you are not read the full chapter here) you know that David had been called in from tending the sheep to meet […]

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You Believe, Now Heed!

Updated July 26, 2017. But there was a certain man called Simon who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to who all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.”  And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.  But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized.  Then […]

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