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You Said, What??? 

You Said, What???  John 11:45-57  Therefore, many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done. Therefore, the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, ‘What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs. If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.  When it comes to Jesus, you either get Him or you don’t. There are two response to someone who is confronted with the full force of the reality of Jesus and His words. There is either a sense of clarity and an irresistible epiphany or there’s a critical refusal to acknowledge His legitimacy. You will cross paths with both types today.

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Mary and Martha

This is Lauro Salinas, a graduate of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program! He now works at an Equestrian Center that provides Equine Therapy for troubled kids. He's a sweet and gentle giant of man. Mary and Martha  John 11:1-44, part two  As Jesus was approaching the city, Martha went out to Him and said "If you had been here, my brother would not have died.  Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, ‘Where have you laid him? They said to Him. ‘Lord, come and see. Jesus wept.  Mary and Martha were true believers and this is a statement of tremendous faith. They believed Jesus, their Lord, had the power to heal. He had done it before. Why didn’t He come earlier and do it for their beloved brother, Lazarus?  

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Lazarus, Come Forth

Proud graduates of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program! Lazarus, Come Forth   John 11:1-44  Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister, Martha...So the sisters sent word to Him saying, ‘Lord, behold, he whom you love is sick.’ But when Jesus heard this, He said, ‘This sickness is not to the end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.’ Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister Mary and Lazarus.  Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, ‘Where have you laid him? They said to Him. ‘Lord, come and see. Jesus wept.  This is story of the raising of Lazarus. In my reading and reflecting, there are two primary observations and lessons I see here. First is the extent of our faith and secondly, the tender compassion of Jesus toward those He loves.  This story is timely for me today. I have been struggling with some doubt and uncertainty about the future. Humbling to me because I usually view myself as strong in faith and firm in Gods sovereignty. Nevertheless, I've let anxiety creep into my soul.

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The Hospital

This is a post from a dear friend of ours who was in the hospital caring for her 92 year old father. This is truly Living Scripture Daily! Here's Dorothy... I’ve been at the hospital for the last two weeks taking care of my dad. He’s been in ICU most of the time where the critical care patients are. It’s been a hard yet humbling time for me. Not only because I’m worried about dad’s health but I’ve seen the distraught and worn out faces of the patients and their families. I decided that I wanted to look for the good in all of this and I tell you I have found it. I have watched the nurses do things that most of us could never be able to take and my appreciation for them came out in spades. Most of them, no matter what they were dealing with, would smile and keep doing what they had to do despite the circumstances.

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