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His Body, His Blood

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: The cross and empty tomb are paradoxical: life and death, loss and victory, emptiness and hope. Even more, they are part of the story that tells me how much I matter to Jesus. What he did,...

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From the Prophets: Tears of Promise

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: Malachi 2 has words of warning to God’s priests. He wants me to help people find him, hear about him, and honor him. That is what some people in my own life have done. He has...

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From the Prophets: Tears of Renewal

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: God offers renewal when I have run from him or ignored him. Like a good father, he longs to have me back. The Bible tells of people who should have learned but didn’t. Others made better...

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From the Prophets: Tears of Hope

From the Prophets: Tears of Hope For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: My actions don’t get by God. Just as he’s seen what I need and provided it, so he notices how I use those gifts. I’ve thanked him for the good...

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From the Prophets: Tears of Sorrow

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: God notices. He sees what nations do as well as what individuals do. When those actions don’t reflect the Creator of...

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From the Prophets: Tears of Abandonment

For your personal time of study or for use in discussion with others. My thoughts: My words and actions: Over the last year, I’ve heard and read what God and Jesus said. Two or three that I remember are: ______________. I have also witnessed them doing things in my own life, as well as what...

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God’s Mission in Jesus: To Save

You need a hand. You are in past your knees or in over your head. You wanted to do it alone but soon realized you couldn’t. To Think About: To Live Out: How are you getting out of the situations you are currently in? Whose hand are you looking for? If you reach for Jesus,...

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God’s Mission in Jesus: To Teach

You have some more learning to do. That’s not an insult but a recognition that we each have more to learn. To Think About: To Live Out: How are you learning what you need to know? Whose teachings are you following, and where are they getting their information? If you learn from Jesus, you join...

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God’s Mission in Jesus: To Lead

You are on a journey. You’re moving toward or away from something. You’re inching closer or further to something else. Though it may change from year to year or from one time of life to another, you are heading somewhere. To Think About: To Live Out: How are you getting to where you are going?...

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Jesus Is: Teacher, King

John, along with the authors of the other gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), wrote to give an understanding of who Jesus is. To Think About: To Live Out: The story of God and humanity includes God becoming part of humanity. John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). God...

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