Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 3

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He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.  Isaiah 53:7a

 

I left off Part 2 of this series with a question. The answer is right here on this page…

In preparation for Passover, the men of the family would pick a one-year old spotless male lamb, bring him into their homes for fourteen days before they were to be slaughtered at twilight on the fourteenth day. Everyone in the household would care for this precious little lamb inside their homes.

 You must have it in safe keeping until the fourteenth day of the month. Exodus 12:6

Comparison Christ and the Lamb: Continue reading “Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 3”

Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 2

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“His firstborn Son, Yeshua, became our redeemer, sacrificed on the altar of the Cross, freeing us from our slavery to sin.” ― Martha Zimmerman

Things to remember as we go through this series:

  1. Firstborn Son
  2. Blood sacrifice for Redemption of Sin
  3. Spotless /Unblemished Lamb

 

Let’s begin in Exodus chapters 1-11. Continue reading “Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan, part 2”

Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan

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From the very beginning of time, God longed to have fellowship with us. Starting in Genesis.

“God took man and placed him in the Garden of Eden to care for it. God said to Adam, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” The Lord God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:15-18 NIV

Reading further, The man and his wife were both naked and they had no shame. Genesis 2:25

Picture this… Continue reading “Passover – God’s Redemptive Plan”

10 Lies I Believed as a Teenager

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We’re so excited to share this post with you that was written by our dear friend, Bella Morganthal. We know that you will identify with these lies whether you are a teen or were a teen 😉. Share this with the teens in your life. Read; take measure; rethink. ‘Cause EVERYONE falls for these lies sometime.

 

If I could go back in time, there are plenty of things I would want my teenage-self to know. But if I could, I’d especially want to go back in time and shine some truth into a few of the lies that I believed as a young person.

Maybe you’re struggling with some of these lies too. If so, this is my invitation to you to experience some truth. Continue reading “10 Lies I Believed as a Teenager”

Scar Sharing 

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Throughout 2019 my pastor taught on “simple church” and the four foundational corners in which to build our lives upon — prayer, worship, learning and sharing.

I believe sharing your testimony is the key foundational point for a believer.

My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long. Psalm 35:25

As someone with a “roadmap” of scars on one leg and a “pot hole” on the other, I’m reminded of the day when a precocious three-year-old neighbor boy looked at me and asked, “Why is there a hole in your leg”? I remember his mother being so embarrassed that he would ask such a question and trying to shush him from speaking.  Of course, I gave him a simple answer without including words like car accident, cancer or surgeries. Continue reading “Scar Sharing “

 Go be wonderful!

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How amazing is it when we look at nature and see all of the beautiful things that just seem to “take care of themselves”?

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Matthew 6:26

Amazing how tiny a seed is covered in the deep, dark, damp underground; yet if it is left still ‒ just being ‒ it pushes through the ground at the right time! It was given a “gift.” It was given intention (its talent, if you will) from God whether it be a flower to be placed upon a grave or a plant to brighten up your landscape or a vegetable to be consumed for nutrition… It was given a purpose.

YOU have also been given attention by God. Continue reading ” Go be wonderful!”

Listen

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“Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.” Proverbs 16:20

We’ve all heard those stories – or maybe even told them ourselves.

“I felt a nudge to call her right then and she needed to hear from a friend.”

“I paid for the person behind me and found out they really needed someone to show they cared.”

Just love hearing these things! It warms my heart. Evidence that God is working even in the little details of our lives.

BUT…

What happens when we hear that still, small voice and brush it off as a fleeting thought?

We think “I don’t have time to make a meal for that family.” “I don’t have the energy to _________” “That’s too hard.” “I’m not qualified.”

What happens when we say, “No.”? Continue reading “Listen”

Put on your oxygen mask

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I don’t know about you, but December was quite a month!

I suppose for most of you, December was packed to the brim with Christmas shopping, wrapping, baking, parties, school programs and visiting every relative within the tri-state area.

Or maybe this was an especially difficult season for you due to sad memories, missing loved ones or other significant losses.

Or maybe your month was more like mine. It began busy with the remodel of The Connection’s new home and then came to an abrupt halt when I came down with a virus. I turned into Rip VanWinkle and slept for a few weeks while the rest of the world kept on going without me. Continue reading “Put on your oxygen mask”

5 things I learned in 2019

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Welcome to our guest writer, Laura Acuna!

I don’t know about you, but an ideal New Years Eve for Pat and I is quiet, cozy, and uneventful. This year, we had a fun and early dinner out, then came home to a movie and a relaxing evening. Perfect!

Even though I am not much for partying on New Year’s Eve, I do like to take a look back at the year that is ending and ponder what God has taught me along the way. Each year – without exception – I’ve looked back and been able to trace God’s faithful provision and care.

Here are 5 things I’ve learned in 2019: Continue reading “5 things I learned in 2019”