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Jul 23 2012 Worth a Thousand: Desert

Brad Bell

Remember Moses? He calls the nation of Israel to leave the slavery in Egypt and move to a place God has set aside for them. It's a callback to the promised land given to Abraham hundreds of years previous. It's easy for us to wonder why they were so hesitant to leave Egypt. Weren't they slaves? And… More

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Jul 16 2012 Worth a Thousand: The Hill of Nazareth

Brad Bell

Take a second to read Luke 4:14-30. It's a familiar story. Jesus goes into the synagogue in Nazareth, as was His custom, and reads from the Torah scroll. There are some who suggest that the reading for the day was set ahead of time as well as the person who was to do the reading. We see 3rd and 4th… More

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Jul 12 2012 Pencil and Paper

Cambria Belleci

When I was in kindergarten I learned to write in pencil, one of those thick pencils that are easy to hold when your fine motor skills aren’t fully developed. I was given big paper with the dashed line between the two solid ones to help guide the shape of my letters. And if all else failed, if I… More

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Jul 11 2012 Thoughts from the Study - Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23 - He Is Immanuel

Jerrod Rumley

God didn't create the world and then abandon it, leaving us to fend for ourselves. He is involved, and wants to have a relationship with us. The almighty Creator demonstrated His love by coming down and living among the people He created. He experienced humanity while existing in the tension of… More

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Jul 9 2012 Questioning Our Motivations for Serving Others

Andrew Feil

Can I be honest for a moment? Can I share a bit of my heart and my inner struggle with you? I wrestle with my motivations to love and serve the "least of these" around me. One of the major themes throughout scripture is the call and challenge to love my neighbor. The words of the prophet of old… More

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Jul 9 2012 Worth a Thousand: Standing Stones

Brad Bell

As you're reading through the Old Testament, you'll find these odd references to "high places." Many of these places were pagan in nature and some of them even contained standing stones. These stones were not like the pillars that were created to commemorate an event (Joshua 4:2-3). Instead… More

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Jul 2 2012 Living According to the Promise

Melissa Danisi

This week we heard that HE IS the PROMISE. Before Genesis 1:1 was ever written, God had you mind. Before Genesis 1:1 was ever written, He had the cross in mind. I know that you can’t truly understand John 3:16 until you understand Genesis 3:15. From Genesis to Revelation, the plan was always Jesus… More

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Jun 25 2012 Worth a Thousand: Small Compromises

Brad Bell

This is a mosaic floor from a synagogue that was discovered on the western shores of the Galilee. What's interesting about this mosaic is that it contains the signs of the zodiac surrounding an image of the sun god Helios. Why would a synagogue have these pagan symbols? Notice on the top of the pic… More

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