“Choose Your Words Wisely!” 6/16/2018 Written by Matthew Winters for “Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)”

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Written by Matthew Winters for “Matthew Winters (Comeback Pastor)”  @  https://mdw4christ.wordpress.com

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Choose Your Words Wisely!

The “beauty” of the English language is that one word can have multiple meanings. In this part of the South, the word fixing has the following meanings (the definitions are my word choice): the act of repairing something; a side to go with your main course (ie turkey and all the fixings); the act of preparation (“I’m fixing to go to the store). Such is the case in the above picture. I would hope that the one who decided to post this sign on church property meant that only church business is to take place on the property (so much for reaching the community, right?). However, one could assume in the day and age where immorality is often accepted in churches that only those members of the church who are having affairs can do so on the premises.

We have to be ever so careful how we choose our words. We may mean no harm at all, but our delivery could be offensive. The person who said, “Sticks and stones may breaks my bones, but words will never hurt me” was a liar. Words are powerful and are a reflection of who you are. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Mark Twain said this: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”

If you have any more question of how important word choice is, read what James 3:1-12 says:

“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.”

Before you speak, consider these things. Let the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart be acceptable in God’s sight (Psalm 19:14). May we choose to speak life and wisdom into the lives of others.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you are not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes. This, after the Holy Spirit changes our will to understand and then obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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A Prayer Request

Please take a minute, and pray for my blogging friend Elihu’s son, who is 7, and going to have his tonsils removed this morning… Blessings in Christ, bruce

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I often encourage prayer, and for good reason. The ability communicate with our Heavenly Father is a precious and powerful gift. The Lord is the Creator of all has the power to do something with my requests if it is His will.

I don’t normally ask for prayers from my readers, but today is the exception. 

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“The Answer for Everything” 6/15/2018 Written by for “From the Inside Out” Nancy Ruegg

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The Answer for Everything

(A personal psalm)

 

When thoughts are allowed free rein…

…I worry about the future, forgetting who’s in charge–You!–The all-powerful, all-wise God of the universe, Master Controller of all things (1 Chronicles 29:11-12). The truth is, If I’m worrying, I’m not trusting.

…I become overwhelmed by the tasks ahead, overlooking your reliability in all situations (Philippians 4:13). Key word: in. You provide strength in the midst of the journey, not before it has begun.

…I question the reason for difficult circumstances, failing to remember all the benefits you bring out of trials, including maturity, strong faith, and deficiency in nothing (James 1:2-4).

…I feel inadequate to handle new responsibilities, forgetting you will not leave me to muddle through on my own. I can confidently depend on your help and put my hope in your promises (Psalm 46:1; Numbers 23:19).

…I allow disbelief to fester in my mind, neglecting to “dismantle doubts with declarations” (1)—declarations of stabilizing truth from your Word (Psalm 119:93, 160).

…I become discouraged in prayer, not considering that You grant what we would have asked for, if we knew everything you know (2) (Isaiah 55:9).

…I feel like a failure, losing sight of how you can turn weakness into strength and redeem any situation (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). How miraculous that even “worthless dross [you] transform into pure gold”(3).

…I make poor choices, ignoring the wisdom of your ways and what it cost you to pay for my sin (Psalm 119:137-138; Galatians 2:20).

…I experience despair, giving no thought to your over-all objective:  to accomplish what is good and right–always. That good purpose may not be fulfilled today or to my preference, but it is certain nonetheless (Psalm 42:5 and 145:17; Jeremiah 29:11).

…I am discontented,  forgetting to clarify my perspective with praise–for who you are and what you’ve already done (Psalm 31:19; Psalm 145).

…I become jealous of others, neglecting to celebrate your uniquely designed plans and specially chosen blessings for me (Ephesians 2:10).

…I feel weak, overlooking “the inner dynamic of grateful joy that empowers the greatest efforts” (4) (Colossians 3:15-17; Nehemiah 8:10).

For every troublesome emotion, every problem, every insufficiency that plays in my mind:  you, O God, are El Shaddai–the All-Sufficient One.

You are the answer for everything I face.

I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;

I will tell of all your wonders. 

I will be glad and rejoice in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. 

–Psalm 9:1-2  NIV

 

Notes:

(1)  Jody Collins, author of Living the Season Well and blogger at       https://jodyleecollins.com/blog/

(2)  Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller, The Songs of Jesus, Viking Press, 2015, p. 52.

(3)  Charles Spurgeon, Morning by Morning, December 8.

(4)  Timothy Keller with Kathy Keller, The Songs of Jesus, Viking Press, 2015, p. 31.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you are not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes. This, after the Holy Spirit changes our will to understand and then obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“DISCIPLINE & FATHERHOOD” 6/14/2018 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare” @   http://atimetoshare.me

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DISCIPLINE & FATHERHOOD

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“Just wait until your father gets home.”  How many times I said that to my children, when I was just plain tired of dealing with the issue of discipline.  It was my way of copping out and also a way for the kids to believe their dad was some kind of monster who would administer justice even if he didn’t know what happened.  I think they refer to it as passing the buck.

When I was a child, spankings were not child abuse, but I do agree that they shouldn’t be necessary after the first one.  Discipline should be administered as a means to teach the child and have him learn something in the process.

My husband recalls placing a book in the seat of his pants when he knew he was in for a spanking.  It worked for a while.  My dad never used his hand to discipline, but there were always the looks of disappointment, anger, frustration, followed by a painful tongue lashing.  Often that reprimand was more hurtful than the back of his hand.  Words can often strike harder than any physical pain.

One of Webster’s definitions for discipline is training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.  There’s nothing in there about the means whereby you obtain that result.  However, the Bible is very clear about it.

  • Proverbs 13:24   Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.  (remember the rod was used by shepherds, to guide as well as admonish their flock.

  • Proverbs 22:6    Train up a child in the way he should go;  even when he is old he will not depart from it.  Many of the Bible verses I was told to memorize often come in handy today.

  • Ephesians 6:1-4    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.    Here we’re reminded that we are subject to the commandments of God.  Honoring our parents isn’t always easy, but it is a requirement that comes with promise for a good life.

  • Hebrews 12:9    Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?   We are constantly faced with choices that will bring good or bad results.  What we learn as children, will give us the tools to decipher the difference.

As we approach Father’s Day, let’s remember what the Bible tells us about discipline.  Whatever method you use, should be laced with love and forgiveness.  Once a child is reprimanded, he should know that you still love him in spite of his mistake and told that he’s forgiven.  Hugs are great reminders of your tender care.

Giving children rules – setting boundaries – teaching them right from wrong and how to treat others – teaching them to be responsible for their actions and apologize if necessary  – all of those are necessary components to discipline.  We are in fact guiding, teaching, preparing our children for the world outside.  They need every ounce of preparation and learning we can give them, because the world is an ugly place.  They will discover, all too soon, just how ugly it is.

Some parents use spankings.  Some resort to time-outs (which is a short internment which doesn’t often mean much to the kids.)  Some take things away from their kids like cell phones, video games, electronics.  Some require some kind of action from the child to show their penance.  I’m no expert on the subject, but as a former parent, I know that no form of punishment works unless there is an interweaving of patience, love and forgiveness.

Always using Jesus as our guide, we show mercy to everyone – especially those we love.  We should exude patience, but always have guidelines and rules.  When the storm is over, we should take them in our arms and let them know they are loved.

 

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P.S.  (from bruce)   If you are not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes. This, after the Holy Spirit changes your will to understand and then obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

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“7 Ways Jesus Prayed” 6/13/2018 Written by Carey Bryant for “THEOLOGY IN MOTION”

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Original post @  https://theologyinmotion.com/2018/06/12/7-ways-jesus-prayed/

 

“7 Ways Jesus Prayed”

 

In my previous post, we looked at the content of Jesus’ prayers in the Gospels. Today, let’s examine the manner in which He prayed.

1. Honest Prayer

A verse that can be easily overlooked about Jesus’ prayer life is in the book of Hebrews:

“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence” (Hebrews 5:7). 

Many commentators think this is referring to Jesus’ prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane. Luke 22:44 recounts the experience: “And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

Here we learn that Jesus offered up supplications, or requests for God to work. We also see that Jesus cried out to God in desperation and agony, fully experiencing what it’s like to be human and dependent on God. Lastly, God listened to Jesus because of His reverence.

2. Secluded Prayer

“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there” (Mark 1:35).

I love this verse because it shows Jesus’ priorities. He knew the day ahead of Him would consist of so much ministry and activity: casting out demons, healing the sick, teaching the Word, discipling others. Before getting into the madness of the day, Jesus slipped away quietly to pray in a secluded area. Luke 5:16 tells us that Jesus did this often.

3. Undivided Prayer

“In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12).

This verse shows us two things about Jesus’ prayer life. First, sometimes Jesus spent a significant amount of time in undivided prayer. Second, Jesus spent much time praying before He made a big decision because the next day He chose the 12 disciples.

4. Visible Prayer

“And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, ‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will’…And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words” (Mark 14:35-36, 39).

This is one of the only two places that I have found that mention Jesus’ posture while praying. Mark says that Jesus “fell on the ground.” The idea of falling on your face before God is found all throughout the Old Testament as an outward sign of humility when approaching God (Numbers 20:6). We also see that Jesus “lifted up his eyes to heaven” when praying in John 17:1, also showing His dependence upon God. It’s also worth noting that Jesus prayed the same prayer more than once, even “saying the same words.”

5. Continual Prayer

“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name” (John 12:27-28).

This is an interesting verse where Jesus prays while in the middle of a conversation. I think this shows that Jesus’ life was saturated in prayer. He was so close to God that He wasn’t afraid to pray whenever and wherever.  

6. Corporate Prayer

“Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white” (Luke 9:28-29).

Jesus didn’t always pray alone. Jesus thought it was important to pray with others, particularly those who were close to Him.

7. Encouraging Prayer

“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:31-32).

Lastly, Jesus encouraged others by letting them know when He had prayed for them. Can you imagine how encouraging it would have been to hear Jesus say that He prayed for you? Wouldn’t it give you great courage, despite the fact that Satan wanted to grind you into dust?

Praying Like Jesus

To follow in our Master’s steps, here are nine applications for our own prayer lives:

1. Be honest and open with God about how you are feeling and what you are experiencing. He can handle it.

2. When you come before God, come with reverence and awe like Jesus did.

3. Find a private place to pray often, where you can get away from the noise of the world around you.

4. Schedule times of extended prayer where you focus on God alone, especially before big decisions.

5. Try using different postures that coincide with your requests and circumstances.

6. Pray for the same things more than once.

7. Don’t allow your circumstances to keep you from praying without ceasing.

8. Pray regularly with a few of your close friends.

9. Tell people that you have prayed for them to encourage them in their faith.

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P.S. (from bruce)   If you are not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes. This, after the Holy Spirit changes our will to understand and then obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

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“THE PRODIGAL SON IS A STORY OF RESTORATION” 6/12/2018 Written by Rev. B. Keith Haney for “The Light Breaks Through”

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THE PRODIGAL SON IS A STORY OF RESTORATION

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A young man was to be sentenced to the penitentiary. The judge had known him from childhood, for he was well acquainted with his father–a famous legal scholar and the author of an exhaustive study entitled, “The Law of Trusts.” “Do you remember your father?” asked the magistrate. “I remember him well, your honor,” came the reply. Then trying to probe the offender’s conscience, the judge said, “As you are about to be sentenced and as you think of your wonderful dad, what do you remember most clearly about him?” There was a pause. Then the judge received an answer he had not expected. “I remember when I went to him for advice. He looked up at me from the book he was writing and said, ‘Run along, boy; I’m busy!’ When I went to him for companionship, he turned me away, saying “Run along, son; this book must be finished!’ Your honor, you remember him as a great lawyer. I remember him as a lost friend.” The magistrate muttered to himself, “Alas! Finished the book but lost the boy!” – Homemade, February, 1989.

How interesting that the Gospel lesson for this Sunday falls on Father’s Day.  Luke 15 is the story of two lost sons.  We usually focus only on the younger son.

11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 

Here are some observations from the text.

  • The young man brought dishonor to his father. By requesting his inheritance, he was breaking the commonly held practices of how estates and succession were handled.  The older brother determined how the estate was divided. By going around the older brother and impatiently wishing his father was dead, he was not only out of line but disrespectful.

  • On top of the inappropriate request, the young man takes this very generous gift and then squanders this future on parties and wild living. Now, this party animal is broke and must return home tail between his legs but not until he is thoroughly cut off, physically and spiritually. His work with the pigs made this Jewish boy unclean and unwelcomed in the temple.

  • As the lost son returns home he realizes he deserves no grace and favor from his Father.He only hopes that he can gain acceptance as a servant.  But to his surprise his father runs out to meet him.  One important cultural note here, we often picture this scene as a Hallmark moment.  The father running across a field of daisies arms extended to embrace his son. Nothing could be farther from the truth.  This father is sprinting in a humiliating way to save his son’s life.  Because of the dishonor and shame he brought on the family by his actions, he deserved punishment even death.  Instead of death he receives underserved grace and forgiveness. Contrast that to the father above. One father is engaged, one father distant.  One father has a son who turns away but comes back the other forces his son away because he is distant and disengaged.

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.

 This parable ends with a twist.  Not only is the son shown amazing grace he is restored.  The action of putting a robe, ring, and shoes on the lost son are all symbols of sonship.  The once lost son is restored to his rightful place as an heir.

The older son comes home to the sounds of celebration and you can imagine his confusion and anger. He was the faithful one.  Yet, the party was being thrown for the irresponsible son.  Have you felt that way as a life-long believer, that somehow you have never been properly thanked for your faithfulness?  A question for you to ponder, why did you remain faithful?  Did you do it to earn the father’s heart? Did you do it so He would recognize your good works and show you His favor? If so, you were lost too.  The father never desired your works.  You never had to earn His favor, you always had His favor.  What the father wanted from you was a relationship.  Hear the words the Father had for the other lost son, “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’

 

The parable of the lost son is the story of restoration for not one but two lost sons.  Which lost son are you this Father’s Day?  No matter which one you are your Heavenly Father is calling you home with forgiveness and grace.

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P.S.  (from bruce)   If you are not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes. This, after the Holy Spirit changes your will to understand and then obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    https://godsmanforever.com/2016/12/19/the-gospel-of-our-lord-jesus-christ-12182016-written-by-bruce-r-mills/

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

 

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“The First Command of Christ” 6/11/2018 Posted by Don Merritt for “The Life Project”

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Original post @   https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/sunday-sermon-notes-june-10-2018/

 

Sunday Sermon Notes: June 10, 2018

Title: The First Command of Christ

Text: Mark 1:16-20

Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness

Mark 1:12-13

Parallel Texts: Matthew 4: 1-11; Luke 4:1-13

Jesus Returns to Galilee

Mark 1:14

Parallel Texts: Matthew 4:12; Luke 3:19-20; John 4:1-4

Jesus Teaches in Galilee

Mark 1:15

Parallel Texts: Matthew 4:17; Luke 4:14-15

Jesus Calls Disciples

Mark 1:16-20

Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”[a] 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. (ESV)

Parallel Texts: Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 5:1-11

I don’t know if you’ve been reading the verses I’ve listed above, but if you have, you can see just how pithy this gospel is. See where Matthew and Luke are by the end of this, while Mark has only written a few verses for these incidents? Matthew is well into chapter 4 and Luke is well into chapter 5 while Mark is not halfway through chapter 1! I keep having to remind myself that I’m covering Mark, and not the life of Jesus, so tempted am I to fill in the blanks…

Mark does, however, give us something really interesting to sink our teeth into in verse 17.

This is His first command to His disciples: “Follow me.” I always enjoy pointing out that His ministry begins in earnest with “Follow Me” and ends with “Go and make disciples”. In between these two commands Jesus makes disciples and saves the world. If you stop and think about that, you will surely gain wisdom, for you will be looking right directly at the eternal purpose of God.

Another interesting aspect to this story is that when Jesus walks up to these guys and says “Follow Me”, they actually drop everything and obey His command! What would I do if some 30-year-old kid walked up to me and said that? If I was in a really good mood I might say, “And you are… who exactly?”

These guys just dropped their nets and answered His call, and when you read that they dropped their nets, understand that those nets were their profession not their amusement. Jesus has called you and me to do a number of things. He’s called us to love one another; do we drop our nets and follow? He has called us to make disciples, do we drop our nets and follow? I’m sure you can see where this is headed, and no, we usually put up a bit of a fuss with Him when He calls us to do something.

Yes, even though Mark rushed through some things, there’s always a zinger lingering somewhere!

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