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It is very hard for human beings to predict the future. Many have tried and failed miserably.

“A rocket will never be able to leave the earth’s atmosphere.”
The New York Times, 1936

“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.”
Ken Olson, president of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977.

“The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty—a fad.”
President of the Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co., 1903

Even with sophisticated technology and analytics, we cannot accurately predict the weather, the stock market or even election results! Why? Because our knowledge and understanding is limited.

The Bible says this about God:

For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning.  Isaiah 46:9b-10

The one true God says that one way we can identify Him is that He knows what will happen in the end, from the very beginning. Unlike men, who are limited, God can indeed predict the future. Thus one of best evidences for truth of Christianity is the prophecies which were made concerning the Messiah, written hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, but which were subsequently fulfilled in His life.

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storm clouds photo

Storm clouds ~ Photo by Jo Naylor

Message:  Mark 6:1-6a     Jesus Returns to Nazareth

  1. After the miraculous raising from the dead of Jairus’ daughter, where did Jesus go ~ ?  (verse 1)
  2. Even though the people were amazed at Jesus’ teaching in the synagogue, what was their reaction to him?  (verse 3)
  3. How did Jesus explain this reaction toward him?  (verse 4)
  4. When we judge Jesus, who is really being judged?
  5. What did Jesus find amazing about these people?  (verse 6)

Meaning:  What does Jesus find amazing about you? Your great faith or your lack of faith? In what areas or circumstances of life do you need to express your faith to God? Pray God will show this to you.

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Making Life Decisions

Certain decisions in life require more thought than others.  Whether to have chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream doesn’t matter a whole lot ~ unless you are like me and you want to get the maximum enjoyment from what you are eating to make sure the calories are totally worth it.  THEN whether to eat chocolate cake or chocolate ice cream can be very important!  Otherwise, those type of decisions are made and we move on to the next one.  Other decisions, like where to live, where to work, whom to marry, when to buy property or others are life-changing and will have a great impact on our future.  We can all agree that those decisions should not be taken lightly.

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Fun facts about sheep

  • Sheep are totally defenseless. They require protection from every predator.
  • A sheep can’t get up without help if they fall on their back. If left on its back too long, it will eventually die.
  • A lamb identifies her mother by her bleat.
  • Still water is very important for sheep. If they step into a rushing stream, their wool will become to heavy and they will be carried away in the current. They cannot save themselves.
  • Sheep can easily wander away from the flock. They nibble, nibble with their heads down and never look where they are going until they slowly have lost their way.

Sheep and shepherds are mentioned 247 times in the Bible.

 

Graduation is exciting! Very often it leads to a new path in life. Very often decisions about the future will be about a new place to live, new people to meet, a new purpose and new work to do.  It’s reassuring to know that God has a plan and purpose for your life.  Read these verses from the Bible and ask God for his guidance.  He is there and aware and infinitely able to give you wisdom.

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Jesus Lived a Sinless Life

Jesus lived a sinless life ~ he never sinned against God or man.

From our every day life and our personal experiences, we are well aware of our inability to keep the spirit of the law and the letter of the law. Many times we compare ourselves to others and think that we are not nearly as evil or as mean or terrible as other people so therefore we build ourselves up as noble and good people. However, the truth is we are all quite guilty of sins against God and against our fellow man. There is no one righteous, except one. Jesus lived a sinless life. He never sinned in word or deed, in thought or action.

One way for us to comprehend a sinless life is to realize that temptation is different than sin. Temptation means that we are presented with a choice between right and wrong. Can you imagine always choosing to do the right thing? Can you imagine always being kind, always being honest, always being loving not only in your actions, but also in your thoughts and in your heart? This is what it would be like to not sin. Jesus never chose wrong. He always chose obedience.

For that reason, we have been given a great gift. Jesus Christ died for the ungodly ~ that’s you and me!

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My First Job by Karen King

My first job was as a Reservationist for Hertz Rent-a-Car when they opened their Worldwide Reservations Center in Oklahoma City.

Here are some valuable lessons I learned from my first job.

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The cross of Christ

The Cross of Christ is beautiful now because of these three words “He Is Risen” ~ dimitrisvetsikas1969 / Pixabay no attribution required

The Bible contains fewer than 800,000 words ~ all of them pointing to a life and a moment in time.  For Christians we have made that life and that moment in time personal. The life is Jesus and the moment in time is when he died on the cross for our sins.

Death by crucifixion was not unique. Others were sentenced to this type of painful death.  In fact on the day that Jesus was crucified, the Bible records that two others were crucified ~ one on his right and one on his left.  However, there were many differences in the crucifixion of Jesus. First, he was not a criminal. He was without sin. Second, Jesus gave his life. At any time, he could have ended the abuse, pain and suffering he was enduring.  But he did not end it which brings us to the reason why the crucifixion is personal.  Jesus was suffering, dying and shedding his blood for me.

Today we call the day Jesus died on the cross Good Friday ~ all because of these three words most important words in the Bible, “He is risen.”

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In order for us to fully appreciate and comprehend Jesus dying on the cross, it is important to know the meaning of Passover. The purpose of Christ’s sacrifice is revealed by understanding a critical time in the life of the nation of Israel when they were slaves in Egypt.

How did the sons of Jacob go from being highly regarded in Egypt because of their brother Joseph to being slaves?  Remember that Jacob ~ whose name was changed by God to Israel ~ and his entire family had left Canaan and moved to Egypt.  This dramatic relocation was due to a widespread famine that is recorded in the life of Joseph through extraordinary circumstances.

While in Egypt for 400 years, the nation of Israel flourished and grew to more than 2 million people. The Bible records that the new rulers of Egypt made them their slaves. But what happened next?

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Remember the Cross


The first documented use of crucifixion was by the Persians in 400 BC. The Romans started using this method of execution around 100 BC. A Roman citizen could not be crucified except for treason. Psalm 22:1-18 was written by David about 1000 BC. It accurately describes the death of the Messiah by crucifixion several hundred years before crucifixion came into existence. Around 700 BC Isaiah 53:1-12 described the suffering Messiah.  

Today the cross is the universal symbol of Christianity.

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