The original post Hand Holders, was published in April 2017. The world was different three years ago, but God is not. His with-ness through Jesus is the same. How can we be “with” our loved ones and our neighbors when not being around them is loving them, and when we’re told by authorities not to…

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This week’s Monday School is inspired by a story Jesus told in Luke 18:1-8. The story is called The Parable of the Persistent Widow. First, we’re introduced to the judge. Jesus described him as one who had no regard for God or people and the judge admitted it. In other words, the judge was selfish…

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Today’s Monday School is about friends and faith and the extraordinary things that can happen when those come together. The story is told in three of the Gospels….Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In my opinion, the one in Luke is the better story. It’s a familiar story to some of us, but when I read it…

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But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:21-24 These verses are quoted…

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Moses brings us our Monday School this week. “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”   Psalm 90:12 Psalm 90 is a prayer written by Moses, the one who led God’s people out of Egypt, through the miraculously parted Red Sea, to the edge of the Promised Land.…

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Remember when American Idol was in its heyday and aired some of the most awful auditions at the beginning of the season? We watched as the ones who couldn’t sing, tried to sing. I always felt a mixture of sorrow and embarrassment for them. I have the same feeling when I read the story about…

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This installment of Monday School is inspired by a man named Nicodemus. I think I love Nicodemus. The only information we have on him is in the Gospel of John. He was a Pharisee, which means he was a scholar who studied the Law and was intentional in the keeping of it. He was also…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year according to Andy Williams’ popular Christmas song, but for many, it’s the most frantic time of year. The expectations and obligations. The overindulging and overspending. They take a toll on our hearts. I fight against the commercialization and consumerist approach to the season, and I win sometimes.…

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Can we do Monday School on Friday? I think so. I’m beginning a new series soon and want to finish out my thoughts on the Bible study I started several weeks ago before I go on a Monday School break. I finished the No Other Gods Bible study by Kelly Minter almost two weeks ago.…

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This week, the lessons in No Other Gods highlighted our tendency to run back to our idols after we’ve turned away from them. We make room for God when we give up our false ones, but we must wait for Him to fill the empty space. And a lot of times, waiting is the hardest…

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