Category: Discipleship

What’s In Your Cistern? Finale

What we allow to fill our lives is what we dispense to others. What’s in your cistern? Purified drinking water can be expensive. Instead of buying bottles or filters, you could purchase a rain barrel and capture the water that flows off your roof and through your guttering. Then you would would have a large

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What’s In Your Cistern? Day 5

The New Year is a time for reflection and hope. This past year, we have allowed many influences to fill our lives. We dispense to others that which we have allowed to fill us. This reality reminds me of ancient wells in Southern Israel called cisterns. What we take in to our cistern, that is

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What’s In Your Cistern? Day 4

What we allow into our lives is what we dispense to others. What’s in your cistern? Thirst is powerful. It is a warning of something physical, but the desire to consume water permeates into the emotional and mental realms of a person. In a hot and dry place, panic and hopelessness can overwhelm one who

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What’s In Your Cistern? Day 2

What we allow to fill our lives is what we dispense to others. What’s in your cistern? In ancient Israel, many towns, villages, and cities relied on rain as their primary source for water. They would build a place to store the rainwater at the lowest point of the area. This storage point was a

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What’s In Your Cistern? Day 1

What we allow to fill our lives is what we dispense to others. What’s in Your Cistern? When our Generations team from Carmel Baptist Church traveled to Israel this past May, I became quite interested in the hydrology of southern Israel during our second day of the trip. As explored the southern desert region, a

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Unimaginable Suffering in Gethsemane (The Physical Weight of the Cross)

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        When we see in the news where a gang member kills a rival gang’s member, we are saddened by the depravity of our world. When a man beats a preschool child to death in an uncontrolled fit, we are outraged and demand justice. Taking the life of one whom seems innocent and incapable

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Unimaginable Suffering in Gethsemane (Intro)

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      What was the closest Jesus came to death prior to the cross? In the wilderness temptation, Jesus nearly starved to death (See Matthew 4:2). At the beginning of His public ministry, Jesus was nearly killed in His hometown of Nazareth (see Luke 4:29). Before retreating to Perea, Jesus was almost stoned to

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Speaking with a Singular Focus (Cannot But Speak – Part 5)

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I talk too much. It is a flaw I am trying to work on. When I get excited about a topic, I have the ability to overwhelm others around me. I am self-aware of this verbose tendency and I am working on it. If you know me, you are welcome to bring this to my

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The Not So Quiet Christian Life (Cannot But Speak – Part 4)

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“Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary” is a statement for which I vehemently disagree. In the town I live, a church sign proposed this statement and assigned the author as Francis of Assisi. Strangely, no one can find that he actually made the statement (even though the name for this congregation

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Talk About Your Testimony (Cannot But Speak- Part 3)

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News travels fast. People all over the world can learn of a catastrophe within seconds of the event. At times it seems that we are starving for new information. If something note-worthy occurs in our lives, we call, text, or update our favorite social media outlets immediately. Then we check to see what is happening

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