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Afraid

"When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome ... went to the tomb. ... And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, 'Do not be alarmed....

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Lenten Devotionals: Unexpected Love

"And when evening had come ... Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus .... And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking Him down,...

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Lenten Devotionals: Devine and Human

"And as they were eating, He took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, 'Take; this is My body.' And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And He said to them, 'This is My blood of the...

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Easter is Coming

"Jesus said to him, 'Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.'" (John 20:29 ESV) "And he said to them, 'Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized...

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The Gripping Silence of Jesus

"He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth." (Isaiah 53:7b NIV) "[Herod] plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer." (Luke 23:9 NIV) "When [Jesus] was accused by the chief...

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Christmas Rush? Or Christmas Peace?

"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation." (Luke 2:29-30 NIV)The stories recently in the media about the shoppers in parts of the United States going out at midnight to do their Christmas shopping,...

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Boxing Day… Peace? Restoring the Joy of Christmas, ALL Year Long! Part 5

Christmas may have passed on the calendar, but the “holidays” continue. In fact, one of the biggest holidays in Canada is the day after Christmas, what we have dubbed, “Boxing Day”. This is akin to “Black Friday” in the USA, a time of year when you can procure the...

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The Lord’s Day

Each month of the year has its own number of days, which is the same every year except leap year. 2020 is a leap year, and so this year, February had 29 days rather than 28. We all have a birthday that occurs on the same day each year, unless you are a leap year...

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Birthdays

“Jesus answered him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.’” (John 3:3 NIV)I used to love celebrating birthdays. It isn’t the custom to celebrate birthdays in the Southeast Asian culture where I was born, but it was a...

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