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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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Consequences

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CONSEQUENCE: The result of an action Photo by mckinney75402

Diseases, addictions, natural disasters and global inequalities are a symptom of a much bigger problem.  It is a problem that was not created yesterday.  It has been a problem that has plagued all humanity.

Probably the best way to describe this ubiquitous problem is to think about parents and children. A parent gives the child life. A parent provides for the child’s needs.  A parent loves the child when the child has nothing truly to give back, except maybe an appreciation smile or an exuberant laugh to be in a world of discovery and learning. A parent wants their child to have good things, wonderful things.  They want their children to experience the joy of living a life free of pain or guilt; but that expectation is short-lived when a child begins to say “no”.  Any good parent knows that disobedience must carry consequences for a child to understand the seriousness of their actions.

Our disobedience to God carries heavy consequences.  He is our Creator.  He sustains our life.  The Bible clearly communicates that a nature to sin is so ingrained into us that we cannot change it; however, God in His divine power and infinite unconditional love knows that we don’t just need a second chance, because that too would prove inadequate.  God offers us a new life.   Continue Reading »

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How can you tell this picture was taken in England? Photo by We have moved! Please visit /highwaysengland

I’ve never driven a car in another country, but I gave this advice to my children when they were learning to drive and I think it applies everywhere.

I would like to recommend that you follow these suggestions for at least 30 days or 30 trips when you are driving your car. Enjoy your journeys and BE SAFE!

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Two word prayers

Two babies bwOur daughter had twins who were in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit called the NICU for four weeks. They were tiny – these two – a little boy 3 pounds 7 ounces and a baby girl 3 pounds.  We praise the doctors and nurses for their care and skill, but we praise God most of all for each and every answer to our prayers.

One day a very dear Chinese friend told me that her family was praying for the twins.  She said her little girl prayed only these words, “Two babies – one boy – one girl.”

This prayer is a valuable lesson that when you bring a very real need to the Lord and ask for His divine grace and mercy, words can be few.  In fact, God is not impressed with our many words. It is our heart and our need for Him that He sees.  While the twins were in the NICU, I also learned the valuable lesson that sometimes prayers can be too deep for words.  In fact, we know that when we do not know what to pray or how to pray, the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.

Our daughter would see to the needs of the twins and watched them closely.  By God’s grace, with tender loving care, time and the prayers of many, the twins grew and grew.

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