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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 […]

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 […]

To Accept This Lie is Just Not Good Enough Anymore
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To Accept This Lie is Just Not Good Enough Anymore

Last New Year’s I wrote here: Happy New Year to you, brave one. This is your starting point for today and for this new year. God believes in the story He’s writing through you. So what is your story? God does believe in the story He’s writing through you so do you know your story? […]

The Intention of God–For You–This Christmas Season
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The Intention of God–For You–This Christmas Season

“The glory of the human condition is that we are made in the image of God. And yet in his ingenious and bewildering design, God saw fit to place the regions for creation and excreting together. As Saint Augustine famously put it, ‘We are born between feces and urine.’“ Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani, Disquiet […]

Even Flowers Have to Grow Through Dirt
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Even Flowers Have to Grow Through Dirt

Flowers are beautiful. You are beautiful. Because you have grown through your dirt. Have you noticed that there are two sorts of people when it comes to pain? There are those who have had the worst of life given to them yet they continue to live bravely and overcome and not let their past define […]

God Does Redeem Every Bit of Our Pain
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God Does Redeem Every Bit of Our Pain

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 […]