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Great Faith is a Great Responsibility

“The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke 12:47,48 As we have been learning about dying to our flesh, we now know that we have to crucify our need for adoration, for glory, for safety, and for satisfaction. Why? Because there’s only One who can satisfy, One who can keep us safe, and One deserving of glory and adoration — His Name is Jesus. When you crucify your selfishness for His Name’s sake, you don’t become a weakling or a doormat, you become a rock!  Now,

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Sacred Ironies

“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” – Genesis 50:20 Yesterday, we talked about Joseph of Arimathea and how he gave Jesus an honorable burial despite the fact that He was a crucified “criminal.” And though we know that his sacrifice played a part in the unfolding of our Savior’s death and resurrection, many of us aren’t familiar with the story behind what remains of the famous tomb. Forgive me for being nerdy again, but I love history, and I especially love Israel. As a traveler who has been all over the world, Jerusalem is still my favorite city, and to me, the most special place there is the Holy Sepulchre. It’s run by six different denominations, and though it looks like a church from the outside, inside, it’s an eerie mix of staircases,

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