Immerse: Messiah - Week 9, Day 42
on October 20th, 2020
When I first saw The Greatest Showman in theaters, I ended up missing a critical portion of the movie because I had to go to the bathroom. Being so focused on the excitement of seeing a movie I really wanted to see for such a long time, I forgot to go before the movie started. Because I was so ignorant of what I needed in that moment, I missed the most pivotal part of the movie!Jesus’ disciples we...
Immerse: Messiah - Week 8, Day 37
on October 13th, 2020
A few weeks ago, I was wrestling in prayer about something, and I continued to feel anxious about it even after praying. It was kind of annoying. I was even losing sleep, and that was just unacceptable because this girl needs her sleep.One morning as I was praying, I had the thought, “Not worrying starts with joy.” I always couple not worrying or being anxious with prayer and specifically with tha...
Immerse: Messiah - Week 7, Day 34
on October 6th, 2020
My father-in-law, Joe Mize, worked for Sysco Foods for more years than I can remember. If I recall correctly, he started out as a route driver on a sales truck delivering food and supplies to restaurants and different customers. Over the years, based on his performance and work ethic, he moved up the leadership ladder until eventually becoming one of the vice presidents at the Jacksonville hub o...
Immerse: Messiah - Week 6, Day 28
on September 29th, 2020
Galatians 6:9 – “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone – especially to those in the family of faith.”A few weeks ago was the anniversary of the death of one of my favorite musicians. September 19 marked the 23rd anniversary of his quick a...
Immerse: Messiah, Week 5, Day 22
on September 22nd, 2020
Some very powerful words struck me as I was going through the reading for this week’s Immerse: Messiah blog. It talks about our foundation, and not just the materials we use, but the importance of how we choose to build. We are given this warning on page 130 as we read through 1 Corinthians, “But on the judgement day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done.” It reminded me of th...
Immerse: Messiah, Week 4, Day 19
on September 15th, 2020
Home. Made. Fudge.No statement may make your mouth water like your grandmother’s closely-guarded fudge recipe (one which – even when you make it exactly to measurements still doesn’t taste quite right).Whetstone Chocolates, based in St. Augustine, began their business by making one recipe – homemade fudge. Their focus since 1967 has been to make the best chocolate around, and it all started with f...
Immerse: Messiah, Week 3, Day 1
on September 8th, 2020
Are we devoted to prayer like the early church was devoted to prayer? “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer” (Acts 2:42 NLT).
Immerse: Messiah, Week 2, Day 7
on September 1st, 2020
The majority of us reading this know the story of "The Prodigal Son." We know the younger son was greedy, wanted his inheritance, took said inheritance, wasted it all, had nothing, went back to his father, father had a party. Now, most of us stop there because a story is supposed to have a happy ending. The older brother in this parable is generally not talked about in detail, but when you look at...
Immerse: Messiah, Week 1, Day 2
on August 28th, 2020
So, I’m reading through Luke and come across the Christmas story found in Luke 2. As I’m reading through it, I’m also recalling what I know from the account in Matthew’s gospel, and I notice something that brought a question to my mind. Here’s where it started: “When Jesus’ parents had fulfilled all the requirements of the law of the Lord, they returned home to Nazareth in Galilee” (p.8, or Luke ...
Immerse: Messiah, Week 1, Day 1
on August 25th, 2020
I love a good criminal mystery. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll always be a Star Wars fan, and when I grow up I want to be as cool as super spy turned normal every day guy Jason Bourne, but if I stumble across a good criminal mystery, you’ve got me hooked for the next 45 minutes.The cloudy mystery becomes ever more clear one piece at a time. I love how the story plays out and the evidence slowly begins ...
Core 52 - Week 50 - Scripture
on August 18th, 2020
It was the summer of 1988. I had just turned 15 years old that late July and had already begun reading through the Florida Driver’s License Handbook. It was time for that traditional rite of passage for every fifteen year old – testing for your driver’s learner’s permit. So much freedom – driving behind the wheel, and yet so restrictive – having your mom or dad in the seat next to you pounding on...
Core 52 Chapter 46 - Mentoring
on August 12th, 2020
Paul.Barnabas.Timothy.Three distinct men. Three unique roles. Three specific needs.I don’t recall the first time I heard about the correlation with these three men and the model of discipleship they convey to us, but I have used it many times over the years in challenging others to find these people in their lives. Everyone needs a Paul, a Barnabas and a Timothy. Let me explain.Paul – teacher of...
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