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You Are Worthy of Good Things Happening to You
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You Are Worthy of Good Things Happening to You

There are two stories that follow each other in Luke chapter 5 that I discovered have a unique Bravester connection to each other. The first story is one of the disciples first experiences with Jesus: One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him […]

The Joy of Easter Scars
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The Joy of Easter Scars

As I’ve said in this series, I’m a Matthew version of Holy Week person. In my church we are doing a deep deep dive on Holy Week from Mark’s version. But in my daily Bible reading I ended up in Luke for Holy Week. And this part of Luke gave me a giggle: But very […]

The Five Crucifixion Scars – Pierced to the Heart
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The Five Crucifixion Scars – Pierced to the Heart

The crucifixion continues. As the body fatigues, cramps sweep over the muscles, knotting them in deep, relentless pain. With the cramps come the inability to push upward. Air can be drawn into the lungs but cannot be exhaled. Carbon dioxide builds up in the lungs. Hours pass of limitless pain, cycles of twisting, joint-rending cramps, […]

The Five Crucifixion Scars – The Legs Carry the Weight
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The Five Crucifixion Scars – The Legs Carry the Weight

The crucifixion continues. Now Jesus’ two legs are nailed together onto the cross with one even larger spike which will equal two scars. All of Jesus’ body weight is now on the nails nailed above his ankles causing excruciating pain which shoots along the fingers and up the arms to explode in the brain. All […]

Esther’s Bravery
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Esther’s Bravery

We are in year 2 of a seven year prison sentence with one of our sons. In year 2 we are seeing an increasingly amount of growth in him! We’ve been through prison sentences with him before but never one this long. But this is what happens when he chose to self-sabotage his life instead […]

The Five Crucifixion Scars – The Other Wrist
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The Five Crucifixion Scars – The Other Wrist

Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he […]

The Five Crucifixion Scars – The First Scar
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The Five Crucifixion Scars – The First Scar

What man-made thing is now in heaven? The answer is the scars in Jesus’ hands, feet and side. The five crucifixion scars. After they had nailed him to the cross… Matthew 27:35a. My favorite account of the Holy Week story is found in Matthew. I believe it gives us the most insight into this crazy […]

The View from Here – This Mixed Up World
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The View from Here – This Mixed Up World

We are in year 2 of a seven year prison sentence with one of our sons. In year 2 we are seeing an increasingly amount of growth in him! We’ve been through prison sentences with him before but never one this long. But this is what happens when he chose to self-sabotage his life instead […]

Notes From Ash Valentine’s Day
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Notes From Ash Valentine’s Day

For Lent the staff at my church are reading Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren. This is how my first reading on Ash Valentine’s Day went: I wake slowly. Even when the day demands I rally quickly—when my kids leap on top of me with sharp elbows or […]

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