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First Love 2015

Carl and Brenda Forbes have had a rough year. These proud grandparents have been married for 21 years. Carl coaches rec football in Wakulla County and works at Wal-Mart. Brenda worked at Sam’s until March. A stroke changed her life and theirs. She’s been undergoing rehab from her home ever since. Now walking with a […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 60 – John 13:1-17

“You will never wash my feet.” Only slaves washed feet in the ancient world. So when Jesus started washing his disciples’ feet, Peter was embarrassed, ashamed, and worried about his reputation. The last person Peter ever imagined he would be following is a slave. Rarely do slaves ever become monarchs. But Jesus became a servant […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 59 – 1 Thessalonians 2:1-13

But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. The stereotype of Paul is that of the finger-waving apostle chastising a church. Not so in Thessalonica. He’s a tender, vulnerable missionary pleading for help. What he faced in Thessalonica, he had never faced before. He’s in the uncharted territory, […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 58 – Psalm 36:5-9

In your light we see light. When the Pilgrims set sail from Holland on the Mayflower, John Robinson offered a farewell speech. He encouraged them to seek more light from the Word of God by reminding them of their church covenant: “Whereby wee promise and covenant with God and one with another, to receive whatsoever […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 57

Write them on the tablet of your heart. Scribes in the ancient world wrote on wax tablets to preserve the message. Many people thought the human heart was also made of wax to preserve memories. That same metaphor is used here in this passage. In order to keep our commitments, Proverbs tells us to engrave […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 55 – Luke 14:7-14

The humble, poor, and disabled can teach us so much about grace. Jesus calls us to sit in the cheap seats and to invite people to our parties with no ability to return the favor. Why? So we can learn what it’s like to simply enjoy the party with people who couldn’t earn or buy […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 54 – John 12:20-29

Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. In autumn, falling leaves remind us of the hope for loved ones who have died in Jesus. They are like seeds planted in the ground […]

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Vision Moving Forward

When Jesus saw his first disciples, he said, “Come follow me, and I’ll make you fishers of men.” Little did they know it would take three short years of apprenticeship before they fully understood the vision he had for their lives. He invited them, and then he showed them what reaching others really felt like. […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 53 – II Peter 3:1-18

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. A few years ago, I returned to the church on a Sunday afternoon and saw one of my friends in the parking lot leaving with a stuffed duck. I assumed the toy was for his 3 year old. He confessed, “Our son left the […]

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Think, Act, Be Day 52 – Psalm 42:1-11

Deep calls to deep. Someone suffering from depression know the waves of despair the Psalmist describes. She can remember a time when going to God’s house was delightful. She sang the songs with a smile on her face and read scripture in worship. She’s been lying in bed all night long remembering those days. She’s […]

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