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    Setting Goals For Jesus – The Other People

    This week we have been looking at Luke 5:17-26. Monday we looked at an overview of the passage. Tuesday we looked at the paralytic. Yesterday we looked at the four men that helped him. Today I want to look at some of the other people that were present when this was going on. The Scribes and Pharisees. These were the “church people” of the day. Not just that, but they were the leaders of the Jewish church. Yet when they witnessed the miraculous healing of this man they did not celebrate. They had no joy for the new life that this man had been given. Instead the complained about HOW Jesus…

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    Setting Goals for Jesus – The Four Men

    This week I have been sharing thoughts I had while studying Luke 5:17-26. In this passage four men help a paralyzed man get to Jesus so he could be healed.  You can read the first post HERE. Yesterday I looked at the paralyzed man. Today I want to look at the four man that helped him. In my mind the paralytic represents the lost people around us and the four men represent The Church. With that in mind let’s look at these men and what they can teach us about BEING the church. They recognized the man’s need. These men looked at this man and saw that he needed to be healed. Do…

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    Setting Goals For Jesus – The Paralytic

    Yesterday I put up a post about the way that we set goals in the church. You can read that post HERE. Well, as I thought about this post today I had some more thoughts that I wanted to share. I’d like to take a closer look at some of the different people from this passage and what they have to tell us about today’s church. Today I want to look at the Paralytic. There are some truths about this man that I think we can learn something from. He Needed Help This man clearly needed help. It is unclear if this man was paralyzed from birth, or if this…

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    Setting Goals for Jesus

    have often been told that we should set goals based on what WE can control. This notion states that we should not set goals for things such as: Attendance: Because we can not MAKE people come. Salvation: Because salvation is the work of the Holy Spirit. Baptisms: Because baptism come after salvation. For most of my  ministry I have agreed with this thought. However, as I type this I find myself questioning it. During my quiet time this morning I found myself thinking about the many times that Jesus told someone that it was because of their faith that they were healed, or someone they cared about. Finally I landed…

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    Unpacking Orange: #OC13 – Part 1

    Ok, the Orange Conference is over and life has returned to normal (whatever that is). Well, I thought I would take some time to unpack some of the STUFF I got from the Orange Conference. Yes, I still have a suitcase full of swag that I grabbed while I was there. Don’t worry I took out all the dirty laundry. Anyway, I thought I would just go through some of the stuff I got and  share a little about it. Sunday’s Coming. Are You Ready? This was a flyer outlining the different curriculum options from the fine folks at Orange. I currently use their Curriculum for Preschool (First Look), and…