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Can’t Keep Quiet

Have you ever been unable to keep quiet about something? Just had to say, tweet or shout something out loud? Couldn’t control your response when you saw a certain someone?

Jesus’ disciples knew what it felt like… When Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, ‘the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed: ‘Blessed is he who comes, the king in God’s name! All’s well in heaven! Glory in the high places!”(Luke 19v28-40)

Today, many believers will remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem as the King of Peace. If the Peaceful King has entered your life, is there something you can burst into enthusiastic praise about?

Luke 19 here: http://bit.ly/1d8WkV3

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Too familiar With The Cross?

Can we become too familiar with your cross, Jesus? After all, we wear crosses around our necks; they hang on the side of church buildings and they’re printed on the front of our bibles? There’s nothing comfortable about what you did on the cross, Jesus. Shame, humiliation, nakedness, rejection, abandonment, agony, separation.

Help me to experience these things too: shame at my sin that hung you on your cross; humility at the love you showed; safe and accepted as I bare myself to you; rejecting the temptations the world throws at me; and separation, being completely set aside for you. Help me to embrace the ‘discomfort’ of knowing you!

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Jesus – King on a Cross

‘One of the criminals hanging alongside cursed him: Some Messiah you are! Save yourself! Save us! But the other one made him shut up: Have you no fear of God? You’re getting the same as him. We deserve this, but not him – he did nothing to deserve this.’ (Luke 23v39-41)

The day Jesus died, two men were executed alongside him. Only one of them truly understood that Jesus was an innocent man dying an undeserved death. Even though Jesus was dying an undignified death next to him, he called him King.

Knowing who Jesus really is might be the most important thing anyone can discover. Who is He to you?

Luke 23 here: http://bit.ly/1glxpyY

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God Sees Your Heart

I remember watching a sci-fi movie where alien beings could read each other’s thoughts and communicate without speaking. I was terrified! What if people could see the ungodly things that sometimes go through my mind: the anger, the pride, the lust, the greed?

The woman at the well in John 4 must have been astounded when a complete stranger described her history of failed intimate relationships. Awkward moment of note.

Your secrets aren’t secret to God. He loves you, the whole you, the broken you. His body was broken so you could be made whole. Jesus invites us out of the things that tie us up, and into the joy of living free and openly with Him. Will you accept the invitation?

Read the story in John 4 here: http://bit.ly/17pO5jW

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