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So Who Closed the Door on the Ark?

by Terry Lanford on May 20th, 2015

God did! In Genesis 7:16 we read that once Noah, his family and all the animals were on board, “God shut him in.”  That’s fascinating! The Hebrew word used for “shut” also means “to close” in an absolute sense. The idea is that God sealed the door. This same word is also used in Scripture to describe being confined or imprisoned.  In other words, once God shut Noah and party inside the ark, no one was going to open the door.

Pursuing God’s Will for Our Character

by Terry Lanford on May 19th, 2015

I am often amazed at how hard I can go after the things I really want. Can you relate? Unfortunately I don’t always pursue Godly character. I am afraid it will cost more than I am willing to give. How do you think the Lord desires for us to be described?  Consider some of the following: Strong and CourageousHave I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. - Joshua 1:9

Withered Hands and Hard Hearts

by Terry Lanford on May 12th, 2015

In Mark 3:1-6 we read that Jesus once again entered the synagogue and the Pharisees were there to watch Him. They had been hearing stories about the Man from Galilee and they were growing more and more concerned.  The Pharisees and teachers of the law were angry because Jesus forgave a man’s sins, ate a meal with sinners, refused to honor their rituals, and allowed His disciples to pick and eat grain on the Sabbath (Mark 2).

Ripping Off the Roof

by Terry Lanford on May 4th, 2015

In Mark 2:1-12 we read of four men who went to extreme measures to get their friend to Jesus. Their friend was paralyzed and there was no known cure for his condition. These men had heard about, or maybe even witnessed, Jesus heal others. They realized Jesus was the only remedy for their friend’s great need. Their desperation birthed a great determination to get there friend to Jesus.

The Man Who Amazed Jesus

by Terry Lanford on April 29th, 2015

Jesus often amazed people with His words and actions, but only once does Scripture reveal that Jesus was amazed by the faith of a person. The story is found in Luke 7:1-10. Context is incredibly important to understanding this wonderful story. Prior to going to Capernaum where Jesus met the centurion, Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Immediately after that Luke records this miracle.

Fifty Shades of Depravity

by Terry Lanford on April 20th, 2015

Below is a list of some horrible evils I heard about in just the last week that illustrate the moral depravity of man. Oh the evil people do to one another. I didn’t list fifty “shades” of depravity but I could have. Unfortunately, illustrations are not hard to find. I am not saying all of these events happened this week but many did. A man was charged with murder after deputies say he stabbed his girlfriend to death and kidnapped her 4-year-old daughter. One report said the man murdered the woman in front of her child.

Launch Out into the Deep

by Terry Lanford on April 13th, 2015

Jesus walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and came upon Simon and his fishing partners cleaning their nets. Jesus stepped into Simon’s boat and asked Simon to move the boat a little from land. After teaching the people from the boat, Jesus turned to Simon and said, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4 NKJV).

Have You Met Cleopas?

by Terry Lanford on April 7th, 2015

Cleopas was one of two men who walked from Jerusalem to Emmaus on the first day of the week and the very same day Jesus rose from the dead (Luke 24:13-35). While Cleopas and his friend were in a deep discussion, Jesus “drew near” to them and asked what they were discussing. The two men stood there “looking sad.”

Incomparable Compassion. Oh How He Loves You and Me.

by Terry Lanford on April 1st, 2015

The incomparable compassion and mercy of Jesus is on loving display at the cross. His power to make good on His compassionate offer of eternal life is revealed in His resurrection. Before His crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus taught with a compassionate heart. His teaching was motivated by mercy and love.  At least 14 times in the gospels we are told Jesus was moved with compassion.

So You Want To Leave Jesus At Church?

by Terry Lanford on March 23rd, 2015

After an amazing church service in Capernaum, Jesus was invited to Simon’s (aka Peter) house (Luke 4:38-39). Simon decided to take Jesus home with him from church. What a novel idea? How many times have we left Jesus at church?

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