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Matthew 16

Read Matthew 16 – I had a hard time knowing what to say about today’s passage and was reminded that the important part is to keep going. The Holy Spirit will bring these words to light according to his plan and purpose. My job is to simply keep showing up and keep pressing on. Maybe you need to hear this today. Maybe you read the bible and the words seem to swim over your head. Keep pressing on.

In our chapter, the Pharisees and Sadducees try to test Jesus by asking for a sign from heaven. Jesus leaves them with an answer to wrestle with, ‘no sign will be given except the sign of Jonah.’

In the next paragraph, the disciples realize they forgot to take bread and get a bit nervous. Jesus simply warns them: “Be careful,” Jesus said, “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” They were all caught up on a little thing like bread, after watching Jesus multiply a few loaves to feed thousands on two occasions.

Jesus shares some insider information with his disciples in verses :13-21, to which Peter responds, “Never, Lord! This shall never happen to you!” Jesus rebukes him… it is the strongest rebuke one could ever receive:

“Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.'” :23

Beloved, are you distracted by the little things in life, the ‘things of men’? Jesus tells us, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” :25 May you have eyes for what matters most and live unhindered.

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Matthew 8

Read Matthew 8 – Life with Jesus is unique to the individual. Our chapter gives us great details on the healing of 5 specific people from very different walks of life; all healed by Jesus in different ways. Beloved, may this remind you that you aren’t like anyone else. Jesus loves you and wants to care for you uniquely and specifically and all that is needed on your part is faith.

Verse :3 is so loving, the first thing Jesus did to heal the leper was touch him. This man would have been such an outcast. It may have been years since he felt human touch, and Jesus touched him and commanded, “Be clean!” And the man was healed of his leprosy. Then Jesus instructed him not to tell anyone, but to show himself to the priest and offer the gift commanded by the law. This would have restored the man within society, healing him emotionally after the years of living “unclean”. Beloved, Jesus never heals ‘just a little’. Jesus restored this man’s life on every level with this short encounter.

Jesus notes that not everyone is ready to follow him with the examples of the teacher of law, the man who wanted to bury his father first (incidentally, this was an expression that the man was not ready yet to follow Jesus. His father may have been years or even decades away from death), and even the entire town of Gadarenes, who pleaded with Jesus to leave in response to his healing the two demon possessed men.

As you read through these accounts of Jesus, ask yourself which situation is closest to your heart. Are you ready to trust Jesus with every aspect of your life? Is there a need you are holding back from him? What is the Holy Spirit saying to you in Matthew 8?


John 21

Read John 21 – The book of John closes with, “Jesus also did many other things.  If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.”  21:25.  John let us know Jesus through his account, so that you, Beloved, could know Jesus on a personal level too.  Look at how REAL Jesus was… 7 of the disciples had been out fishing and he met them on the water.  They were getting skunked and he simply told them to cast their nets on the right-hand side of the boat.  Would you have questioned?  I might have.  What difference could a few feet have made?  It made all the difference!  Suddenly the nets held more fish than they could haul in.  They got to shore and Jesus had breakfast waiting for them.  Beloved, may you be fine tuned to hear whether Jesus wants you to move an inch, a mile, or to the other side of the earth!  May you draw nearer to the Lord of All, who wants to dine with you…. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 (also written by John). 🐟🥖☝🍽☝🥖🐟


John 18

Read John 18 – Did it stir emotions up for you?  I mean, John 17 was so warm, and John 18, which occurred just a few minutes later, shows us Jesus’s arrest.  I do love the comparison between the two “I am’s” in vs. :5-:8.  The first time Jesus refers to himself as such, the band of soldiers, officers of the chief priests and Pharisees who came to arrest him, armed with lanterns, torches and weapons, fell down.  Tough guys aren’t so tough in the face of our divine Jesus.  The second time, Jesus says it they did not fall down.  Jesus was in control the whole time.  The first time, they were reminded of Gods power, the second time, Jesus showed his restrained power and protection of his men… asking that they be let go. Next, Peter takes his sword and slices off Malchus’s ear (in Luke 22:51 it says Jesus healed him on the spot).  Jesus gets bounced around in the legal system a bit… accusing an innocent man leaves a lot of blood on ones hands and it seems no one was eager to sentence Jesus.  Peter denies knowing Jesus – fulfilling the prophecy Jesus declared in John 13:38.  So much happened it one night.  Beloved, as you read this, be aware that none if this was a surprise to Jesus and he surrendered himself for my sin and yours.  What an incredible Savior we have!

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John 16

Read John 16 – It’s going to get bad with good reason; keep the faith. 

Jesus front-loads his disciples, “I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.” 16:1.  You will get kicked out of church.  You may be killed. I am leaving you.  The Holy Spirit is coming… Those are some BIG details! 

Jesus gives a bottom line on sin too in vs :9.  Sin is not believing in Jesus.  Think about it, every lie, every indulgence (fornication, food, drugs, alcohol, shopping, pride or self-depreciation, ect.), every pursuit of malice, and any other sin boils down to not believing in Jesus, and putting the things of this world ahead of worshipping Him.  Jesus says, “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.” :12…. Oh my! 

Beloved, we also know as much as we can handle.  Jesus did die and was resurrected.  Jesus is coming back in judgement and only those clothed in Him will enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Keep the faith; keep your peace.  Jesus says:  “I have told you all of this so that you may have peace in me.  Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” :33✌🌎☝❤☝🌏✌

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John 6

Read John 6 – It’s a miracle! And another! Walking with Jesus had to be mesmerizing. The crowd did not leave. I loved, well, all of it, but the part where he asks Phillip where they should buy bread to feed these multitudes of people…. knowing what he was about to do, yet taking the time to grow Phillip’s faith. Beloved, walk close to Jesus. The miracles are everywhere, and He longs to grow your faith too. There’s so much more to discover, so read, and be mesmerized by our supernatural Savior. 💖🍞🐟👣🐟🍞💖

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John 5:15-47

Read John 5:16-47 – It’s like a grand fireworks show is going on in my head as Jesus explains himself!  Read, read, read these verses and be enthralled by the truth!  The Jewish leaders want a reason to kill Jesus; He called God His Father, thereby making Himself equal with God (:18).  That would be blasphemy for anyone else, but Jesus goes on to explain himself, his mission and his divine dependence on God the Father.  Jesus gives life :21; Jesus has absolute God-given authority to judge :22.  Jesus’ power to give life is from God :26.  Jesus’ claims are valid by the eyewitness account of John the Baptist :31-33; by the teachings and miracles He works by God’s will :36; and the testimony of the LORD through His Scriptures :37-39!!!!!  Beloved, you can look at other faiths and you will not find this.  Jesus is worthy, wonderful, and powerful.  His mission is to rescue and his mission is to judge.  Will you know him as Rescuer or Judge?🎇🕊👨‍⚖🎆

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Sunday Drive with NancyJean

Sunday Drive with NancyJean

September 26, 2021

The plan…We will hit the road at 6:30am, Sharp!  The reality was a little more like 8:40am.  It’s still a good start.  Anytime we can skate through Corona Del Mar before 9 is a good start.  

We took the coast down through Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Laguna, Dana Point … we shot through Capo Beach, next to the railroad tracks that run alongside the beach on one side and the cliff that Kevin restored in the mid-1990’s from a land slide on the other.  I used to drive my Z28 Camaro as fast as it would go along that stretch when the road was blocked off for the construction… well over 100mph. NancyJean can feel it, but she is content to cruise closer to the speed limit.  We press on towards San Clemente, the seaside town that seems to hold its eclectic beachy vibe despite the progress of brand name coffee houses with drive thru service that have inundated most other places.  We pass a Taco Bell and give a curtesy wave to our family that live in the neighborhood just beyond it.

At last, our first stop, Surfin Donuts, three double espresso’s, a ham and cheese croissant for Kevin, a blueberry fritter for Noah, and my treasure, the best glazed donut in the entire world.  I have to close my eyes at the first bite.  There is nothing like it… my teeth sink through as though it is a cloud, the sweetness is gentle and cozy.  It is perfect.

We get back on the bikes and take a few turns and are back on I5 South.  I call this part the Autobahn, the highway goes through the military land of Camp Pendleton, so there are no on or off-ramps for a long stretch.  The speed limit seems to be a vague theory at best.  I hug the slow lane, and my sweet husband and son tolerate me.

At the sign for hwy 76, we merge off, cutting through Oceanside, past hwy 15, past the fruit stand where we will buy honey on the way back home.  The traffic gets progressively more absent, the road is becoming ours.

There are mountain peaks within sight.  A layer of clouds lingers about.  My son points them out.  My husband says we will be in them soon enough.  My mind remembers Jesus referring to himself as the stairway between heaven and earth (John 1:51), as the Led Zepplin song, Stairway to Heaven, competes.  

The curves are fantastic as we climb higher.  It is so misty that I need to wipe my shield off from time to time.  I try raising it and that is better, although I have to blink a lot.  It gets thicker; I can barely see my husband in front of me.  We are in the cloud.  We are a part of heaven on earth.

We emerge and pull over for a photo.  You can see a few peaks in the sea of clouds in the distance.  Our road ends at the turn off for Palomar Observatory to one side and Lake Henshaw to the other.  We stop for more stretching and photos.  It is sunny and green up here in the thick of the forrest.   

My husband leads us down towards Lake Henshaw.  At a vista point two dogs greet us with nervous barking.  Their owner calls them back, though they still had a lot to say.  We are high above the lake and it is so pretty.  It is much warmer on this side of the mountain.  

The curves are broad and the pavement is fresh and smooth.  We are the only ones on this side; there are vistas every turn or two… it is a feeling of space.  We have space and time and motion in a setting of evolving beauty and the technical challenges that make riding so engaging, downshifting and throttle, lean left, press right… there is everything and nothing going on at the same time, and the outside world doesn’t exist.  There are no wars, no politics, no bills to pay as we escape to this wonderland.  

Josie’s Hideaway is the end of the road for this trip.  There are bikes galore parked outside and a band called Whiskey Ridge playing in front of a giant American Flag.  We are a motley crew, in our riding gear, yet we blend right in.  We dined on sandwiches and sodas – I don’t drink soda too often, but on a long ride, sugar and caffeine bring a welcome dose of energy. 

The Hideaway sits on a horseshoe entrance.  Kevin says to go left as we leave because he wants to see the group of BMW motorcycles.  I go right, my head is still in the clouds, he just laughs and catches up to me. 

We are back on hwy 76, but it is an entirely different stretch with fresh sights and curves.  Before too long we are at the fruit stand with the fresh honey that inspired this journey, and on our way back home soon after that. 

 We are quiet on the ride back, apart from an occasional complaint about hazardous drivers and sore muscles.  We stay on the freeway, rather than take the scenic Pacific Coast Highway… It’s been a wonderful day.

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John 2

Read John 2 – Like a groom inviting his bride to join him in life, Jesus invites us to join him in miracles. 

Jesus’s first recorded miracle is the turning of water into wine.  It’s a miracle and he could have accomplished it any number of ways, but he invites the servants into it.  He tells them to fill the jars with water, draw some out and present it to the master of ceremonies.  The servants got to join Jesus in this miracle, though I doubt they had an inkling as to what was going on.  Likewise, you are invited to join Jesus in wonderful things you may not understand this side of heaven.  

Next, Jesus clears the temple.  The temple had become a place for profit, when it should be a place of sacrifice and worship.  We see righteous anger here.  This was something foul in the temple and Jesus cleared it out.  In Jewish custom, before passover the house is cleaned so not a speck of dust remained – the dust being symbolic of leaven, and leaven being symbolic of sin. 

Invite Jesus to reveal anything in your life that is in need of cleaning so you are free to join him with a pure heart.💗

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1 Kings Reflections

Reflect on 1 Kings – Praise the Lord!  You have just finished the book of 1 Kings. What did you learn? Who did you meet? Let’s look back at: 

DAVID, a man after God’s own heart, his life concluded in 1 Kings, yet his legacy continues through the generations.

SOLOMON, who started strong, seeking wisdom above all else, yet finished poorly,  being led astray by the company he kept. 

REHOBOAM and AHAB revealed the importance of heeding wise counsel, and that evil will be dealt with. 

ELIJAH the prophet showed us a life reliant on God, and he showed us that even those closest to the Lord can grow weary… the Lord will meet you in even the darkest of emotions.  Look for his comfort and rescue. What else did you receive? 

Tomorrow we will move to the New Testament with the book of John.   It is the 4th book of the NT, between Luke and Acts. But for today, may gratitude and quiet reflection fill your study time.  BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. I WILL BE EXALTED AMONG THE NATIONS, I WILL BE EXALTED IN ALL THE EARTH. Psalm 46:10