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Our faith in God grows as we experience His grace, love, mercy and forgiveness. Our faith grows when we remember His acts both great and small.  The book of Psalms talks about remembering.

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.  Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the people.  Psalm 77:10-14

In Acts 7, a man named Stephen summarizes God’s acts for the children of Israel.   This chapter quickly covers over 2,000 years of God’s working among this Jewish nation. It is great that Acts 7 summarizes many events in the Old Testament for us because when we remember them, they can become a foundation to show us how mighty and miraculous God is.

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If we truly comprehended the nature of God, we would run to obey Him and to love Him as the Bible commands ~ with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  If we truly understood that God’s ways are above our ways and that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts, our love would be an outpouring of gratitude and worship because God is not a man.

To understand and know God, we need new words to describe Him ~ words with meaning that describe God alone.

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Mark 1 ~ Good News!

If someone said, “I have good news,” what do you think they might say next?  I received a promotion at work.  My friend is getting married.  We are having a baby.

In Mark 马可福音 chapter 1, the words new, news or good news “gospel” are repeated six times.

Discussion

  1. What is the good news “gospel” about?  Mark 1:1
  2. What did Jesus proclaim or announce the good news to be? Mark 1:14-5
  3. What did the people say was “new”?   Mark 1:27
  4. Why did the news about Jesus spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee? Mark 1:27
  5. How did Jesus react to the man with leprosy? Mark 1:40-41
  6. Since leprosy is a skin condition that was highly contagious, why would Jesus’ reaction be very compassionate and unusual?
  7. As the news of Jesus continued to spread, what was the result? Mark 1:45

Bible Reading: Mark 1  马可福音

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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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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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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 being noble and good. 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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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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