How Jesus fixed breakfast for some losers.

Some guys were sitting around one evening, wondering what to do. They’d been part of a travelling band for a couple years, away from home for long stretches. Recently everything changed. The leader quit traveling with them. And so they were sitting around, sort of waiting for their leader to show up again. Though there […]

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How 2 ordinary guys confounded religious scholars.

Peter and John stood in front of the leaders of their tribe. Imagine a random Catholic talking to the Pope and cardinals, an ordinary citizen in front of the Supreme Court or the President’s cabinet, a student in front of the university president and faculty, you in front of the people you grew up being […]

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Trust

(Paul Merrill writes here every First Friday) A lesson I’ve been learning again is how to trust. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Paul’s request for us to not worry in Philippians 4:6-7. He gives a great alternative – pray. When we worry, we bring the problems into our own court and […]

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one thing I do

I had a friend who had a dream of following God.  For him, following God had a certain location to pursue, a certain amount of meditation to conduct, a certain amount of following God without having to follow anyone else. And then he got married. And then he wondered whether he could follow God while […]

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how long do you have to follow

Perseverance. I watched that honored last night. Not perfection, because there are likely stories about each of these people that illustrated the lack of perfection. Not prominence, because most of these people were leaders of really small groups. Nope, what was honored was perseverance. Having the belief that Jesus said, “follow me” and living a […]

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