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April 12, 2016, 11:01 AM

Cornerstone

Matthew 21:42-46

42 Jesus *said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, This became the chief corner stone; This came about from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes’?

Whether you are trying to build a church, or a family, or a life… you are going to need something solid to build on… a sure foundation… but you are also going to need a faithful cornerstone.

For those of you who aren’t masons… a cornerstone (or foundation stone) is the first stone set in the construction of a foundation, It is vitally important because all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure.

What is the cornerstone of your life?  This is not meant to be a slow softball pitch… one that you can knock out of the park with the correct answer:  Jesus.  It is meant to be a soul searching question.  An opportunity to inspect the basement of your heart.  If there are cracks in your character, if your life is not what you should be representing to the world… you were building a doughnut shop but it looks more like a chicken coop… you might want to flip on the basement light switch and enter the crawl space of your heart and determine <read more>

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July 19, 2015, 4:05 PM

A Shot at Redemption


Genesis 42

Not sure what he is singing about but Paul Simon's lyrics in Call Me Al declare:  "I want a photo-opportunity.  I want a shot at redemption.  Don't want to wind up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard."  Can't tell you when someone will take your picture or how to avoid the fate of a dead 'toon, but a "shot at redemption?"  That is more than possible.

In Joseph's story so far, we see a man that has had his ups and downs... who is now on a roll.  He has always been a source of blessing to those around him, and now he is a blessing to the whole world.  He is in charge of a massive food bank with the desperate from all the surrounding nations at his door.

A few years ago I was leading a Bible study on Joseph and we came to this morning’s passage. One of the Bible study participants asked an interesting question: After Joseph became Second in Command of Egypt… why didn’t he go seek out his family in the land of Canaan. Why indeed?

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June 14, 2015, 2:12 PM

Elevator Etiquette


Genesis 41

Have you ever experienced rapid exaltation?

I have.

Years ago I went to one of those Christian Music weekends at a Theme Park in Virginia: Kings Dominion.  Andrew had brought a friend named Billy with him that had never ridden a roller coaster before. We had to choose carefully. I choose:

VOLCANO, THE BLAST COASTER.

I used some past experience in this choice. I had ridden a coaster suspended from a rail before at Great America: Top Gun. One of the smoothest coasters I’ve been on… and relatively tame.   I didn’t know that within minutes of leaving the station that instead of climbing a hill to descend… we would hear a squeal and then instantly hit what felt like Mach One.   We reached speeds of over 70 mph and then exploded from the top of an artificial volcano (hence the name) and then everything was a blur until we finally were permitted to get out.  Billy, Andrew’s friend, said the ride was fine. But he didn’t feel like riding anymore coasters on this particular trip.

I’ve descended on some fast roller coasters in my life, but I never ascended on so fast in all my life.

Now, Joseph had such an ascending experience. <Read More>

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May 31, 2015, 2:55 PM

Tears in a Bottle


Genesis 40

If there is something I have learned from my time on this earth is that sorrow can be a lonely time.  No matter how supportive others can be... one can still feel all alone.  Forgotten.  Like a leaf in a stream at flood stage.  You have lost connection from the tree and are now swirling out of control... will you ever be found?

I wonder what state Joseph was in when he entered jail for a crime he did not commit?  Well Joseph did what he always did... made the best of the situation and was soon a trusted helper for the warden.  But as the story continues we learn that God is not through with Joseph.

Some time later, the cup bearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. [2] Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cup bearer and the chief baker, [3] and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. [4] The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them. (1-4a)

One day Joseph saw these two men and <Read More>

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May 21, 2015, 2:32 PM

Fleeing Sexual Temptation


Genesis 39

A while back I was working on a blog regarding Paul's visit to the city of Corinth.  I was searching for a graphic to go along with it and was stumped as what to use.  I got to thinking about how much ancient Corinth was like modern day Las Vegas.  Maybe a Las Vegas skyline might work!  But I couldn't find one that struck me as suitable.  Then I had another thought:  "I know!  I'll get a graphic of one of those XXX signs they hang out in front of some of their clubs."  So I typed "XXX" into Google Images.  Okay... I did not think that one through.  I won't tell you what came up but I could not X out of that screen fast enough!

I'm sure it has happened to you.  You typed something innocent into  a search engine and got an eyeful of something you wished you had never seen.  It is becoming increasingly hard  <READ MORE>

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