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Mary Knew

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38 A young girl, a teenager. A teenager in a culture where girls pregnant out of wedlock were at best shunned and rejected. Most commonly, they were stoned to death. A teenager doing her best to live an honorable life. “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And…

God Doesn’t Always Answer Prayer the Way I Want

People ask, “Why didn’t God heal my friend of cancer?” “How can God allow my home to go into foreclosure?” “Why would God not allow me to have a baby?” I don’t know why - I won’t pretend I get it. When someone tries to wrap my pain, my loss in Christian wrapping paper and place a perfect, scripture bow on top, it doesn’t help - it makes me feel alone. I reached out to you, confessed my difficulty and…

Jesus Calls Me to Cannonball!

“You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward -  just take the next step.” --unknown   The Healing at the Pool Here a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, He asked him, “Do you want to get…