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Blessing, Giving, Breaking

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Matt 14:15-20

That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.”
But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.”
“But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered.
“Bring them here,” he said.  Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people.  They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers.

This is a story that most people in America, even if they are not religious, have heard about.  Jesus took limited resources, blessed them, gave them out, and fed the 5000. But in between the blessing and the giving there was breaking.

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Desperate Faith

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Matthew 15:21-28

Have you ever been desperate for something?  Direction.  An answer.  Love.  Peace.

When I was in high school I dated a girl for about a year and half.  One day, seemingly out of the blue, she broke up with me, but didn’t give me a reason.  I remember being heartbroken the way only a 17 year old boy can be, but not having a reason made the pain worse.  The more time passed, and I didn’t receive an answer, the more desperate I became until I HAD to find out what had happened!  To make a long story short, I did everything I knew to do.  I talked with her family, I talked with our youth pastor, and finally after months I said to her (my words now), “This is ridiculous, I’ve got to know what happened.”

Have you ever been desperate for God to do something in your life or situation?  Direction. An answer. Love. Peace

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What Are You Doing, God?

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Matthew 11:1-18Is it just me or does the Bible seem confusing at times?In this passage we read that John the Baptist, who was in prison, sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he is the Messiah.  However, just a few chapters earlier, John the Baptist is the one who baptized Jesus, prophesied about Jesus being the Messiah, and was there when God said, “This is my Son, whom I love; in Him I am well pleased.” (Matt 3)

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God of the “Re”

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We all know David as the “man after God’s own heart.”  He was a great leader, shepherd, general, politician, musician, songwriter…the list goes on.  Many of us have also heard of David’s sins.  In fact, none of us will ever commit sins with consequences that are as far-reaching and impactful as David.  David lied to Ahimelech the priest, which got him and 85 other priests killed.  He had an affair with Bathsheba.  He tried to cover up his affair and illegitimate son by getting Bathsheba’s husband drunk so he would sleep with Bathsheba during a war.  When that didn’t work, David simply had him sent to the frontlines of the war and killed.  And if that were not enough, he took a census, which God had instructed against, that resulted in a plague in which 70,000 Israelites were killed.Are you getting the picture?  David wasn’t perfect!  Yet, what is the difference between David and Saul?  Why was Saul rejected and David exalted?  Why was Saul refused while David was used?David knew one important thing: God is the God of the “re.”  You see, David knew God’s mercies are never-ending.  And even though it’s a New Testament phrase, David knew where sin abounds, God’s grace abounds even more.

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