A Fallen World: Understanding that this world is not what we live for

Olivia was seven years old and she came to me saying, “Dad, I want to bat left handed.” My eyebrows came together and, I am sure, a quite puzzled look shot across my face. “Ok, why”? I asked. “I will be closer to first base when I hit, so I can get on base easier when I play.” First off, not too many 7-year-old kids think about what batter’s box they want to stand in when they play softball, let alone strategize how to increase her on-base percentage. I had […]

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Imagination

The foulness of vomit filled my mouth. Our girls were 48 hours post-accident. The initial shock sunk in and it felt as though my heart was on the outside of my chest. The bitter bile taste comes up just thinking about it. I stumbled out of the bathroom of the Pediatric ICU and slid down the wall. Two of my closest friends came and sat alongside me. Grief crashed over me in relentless waves. I wept from a place in my soul I had no idea existed. The waves slowed, […]

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Hard Turns

Life can take some pretty hard turns. Unless you are strapped down, ejection is eminent. On October 28th 2016 our family hit an unseen turn and we would find out how well we were strapped in. Some of you know our story, others even followed my posts on Caring Bridge. It was there that I recorded, as best I could, the events, effects, and emotions of that horrible day. Those of you who have not heard our story, continue to follow the upcoming blogs. You will learn more about my […]

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Master to Messiah Day 20

    Week 4 >> Day 5 >> LOOKING BACK Soon after the experience at the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus would set his eyes to Jerusalem. He and the disciples would begin the final trek. Over three years they had walked from Jerusalem to the Galilee, from Cana to Samaria. They had seen family healed, the dead raised, storms calmed, leaders rebuked, and Old Testament prophecy fulfilled. Peter and the disciples did not know what lay ahead, but their experiences over the past three years gave them faith to keep following in anticipation. They were […]

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Master to Messiah Day 19

Week 4 >> Day 4 >> READ Matthew 17:1-13 The Transfiguration Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and […]

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Master to Messiah Day 18

Week 4 >> Day 3 >> READ Matthew 16:13-28 Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, […]

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Master to Messiah Day 17

Week 4 >> Day 2 >> READ Matthew 14:22-36 Jesus Walks on the Water Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came […]

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Master to Messiah Introduction and Day 16

Week 4 – LIVE AS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS As the disciple, Peter, grows in his understanding of who Jesus is, Jesus calls him to participate in greater ways. Walking on water, serving the less fortunate, and preaching the Gospel message help Peter and all the disciples understand that they are active in the advancement of Jesus’ Kingdom here on earth. In this faith journey of following, being changed by, and being on mission with Jesus, Peter and the disciples arrive at a key spot. They come to the realization that Jesus is, […]

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Master to Messiah Day 15

Week 3 >> Day 5 >> LOOKING BACK As the final year of His ministry on earth begins, Jesus teaches more about faith and the Kingdom of God, often teaching in parables. Jesus shows His authority over the things of the earth, and He involves the disciples in meeting the needs of the people. With great intentionality, Jesus has lead the disciples to being on mission with Him. >> SEARCHING WITHIN When we think of the Sea of Galilee, we picture a peaceful, tranquil lake where small fishing boats float along the quiet shore. In […]

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Master to Messiah Day 14

Week 3 >> Day 4 >> READ Luke 9:1-6 Jesus sends out the Twelve One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick. “Take nothing for your journey,” he instructed them. “Don’t take a walking stick, a traveler’s bag, food, money, or even a change of clothes. Wherever you go, stay in the same house until you leave town. […]

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