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What Is Keeping You on Your Mat?

Mark 2:1-12  I have heard this story one thousand times in my life. I have heard preachers use it in countless sermons. I have taught it in Sunday school, read it to my daughter out of her children's bible, and it is the first example of scripture I think of when someone asks for me to “stand in the gap”.  But this time... it’s different. I have been moved by this passage like never before. The Paralyzed Man...  I have pondered how he even came to be paralyzed. Was this an accident? I’m just speculating here, but he most likely wasn't paralyzed his entire life because he had friends who loved him enough to haul him up a flight of...

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Well, Hello There 2017!

I love the start of a new year… except mine doesn't start on January 1. I like to think of January as a free trial period. After the Christmas excitement and family gatherings, we get to celebrate my youngest daughter’s birthday. Then, New Year’s Eve slaps me in the face and I feel “behind” because I have not planned out the next year. A few years ago, I decided that I was not going to stress myself out and cram my yearly goal setting and life planning into the few distraction-filled days between Christmas and New Years. This is the evolution of the “January trial period”. I take the entire month of the current January to reflect on the previous...

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