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Tagged With: salvation

3/28/17: IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS… Some Thoughts for Lent

“Antonucci?” He sat with head down, shoulders slumped, his helmet laying on its side on the ground beside the scrub rock.  In his right hand was a wooden-handled coarse brush that had seen plenty of use.  He sat staring at the ugly object in his left hand:  a flagrum. Two of them – stiff, stinking and repulsive from a recent scourging.   It was like … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 3/8/17: THE MOTIVATED JESUS

I think it all comes down to motivation.  If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it. ~Edmund Hillary Jesus meant to go through with it. He was aiming through that Cross, focusing on everything beyond it.  Everything Mark, Matthew, Luke, John and Paul wrote about makes it clear:  Jesus, Mary’s son, raised … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 7/17/16: PERPETUAL EMOTION

Evangelists used them all the time. Oh–no-no-no.  Not cheap emotional appeals that tugged at your guilt like a 7-year-old in Toys-R-Us.  And not those foufy hairdos – what’d they call ’em? What?  Pompadour.  That’s it.  No, I don’t mean that, either.  Although I always wondered why so many traveling evangelists hammered Elvis and then tried … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 6/10/16: OKAY, JESUS – WHAT’S WITH THAT?

The Gospels tell that You were always going off someplace to pray.  Conference center.  Coffee shop.  Private retreat. Mountain cabin.  Peter’s RV.  Solitude and relative quiet was what You were after.  You were – are – a praying kind of guy. So we, through Peter and John and the lads, asked you to teach us … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 4/25/16: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO ‘REALLY’ TICK GOD OFF?

Tell Him he doesn’t know what He’s talking about. Seriously.  That’ll do it. Make fun of His created order, of His rules for living, and of how He organized His Universe in general and our world in particular. Look God right in the eye and tell Him He’s an idiot.  Better yet, lay this one on ‘im:  … Continue reading »

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QTMs for 3/28/16: “JUST SAYIN’.”

He’s still on duty. The angel?  Tomb with “Vacancy” lit?  Yeah, the angel, he’s still there.  Well, one of them is.  It’s permanent duty, so they rotate. You like historical markers, right?  Well, there’s one about 8 yards over to the right of the Tomb, brown sign, white posts and lettering.  Official.  It reads: All four gospel … Continue reading »

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IT’S NEVER OVER!

When Jesus said, “It is finished” He did not mean it’s all over. When God’s involved, it’s NEVER over!  EVER!  Where’d we ever get the notion that when Jesus could barely grit his teeth and get enough breath to utter, “It is finished”, it somehow automatically translates to LOSER? No matter what’s happened in this life, … Continue reading »

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2016 GOOD FRIDAY MUSINGS: GOD’S SURE GRACED ME!

We all secretly agree:  “I’d never be as shallow and vapid as those other Twelve.” Of course we never say it.  “Who, me?  Oh, my, no!  No way–I’m no different than the disciples.”  Wide-eyed.  Hand in the air.  Leaking humility from every other pore. Let’s be real.  How do you suppose the Twelve Lads got started down … Continue reading »

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2016 Holy Week QTMs – Wednesday: DOING SOME TRIMMING

We’re not a bunch of hermits living in solitary caves with nothing to do but contemplate deep stuff.  Even pastors and theologians are right now being smutched between breakfast and gassing up the car on the way to drop off a son to school or grandchild to daycare prior to a meeting for— Right?  We … Continue reading »

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