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SADNESS OR JOY – OR BOTH

February 29, 2024 |
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A rock feels no pain and an island never cries. Simon and Garfunkel published a song with these lyrics in 1965, which asserted an exaggerated aversion for relationships. It’s a song about being a fortress unto one’s self, disdaining love and laughter, hiding away from loving others in order to avoid the inevitable sadness that…

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95 VERSUS 99

February 21, 2024 |
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Many of us have bemoaned the state of our country and the world. As election year rolls around, it becomes even more difficult to find hope amongst the rhetoric. We want to do something but feel helpless against the perceived darkness. As Pastor Lawrence pointed out Sunday, perhaps the problem is not too much darkness,…

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FREEDOM

February 14, 2024 |
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As I listened to Pastor Mark’s sermon this past Sunday, I jotted down some key words and phrases in preparation for this blog, which were (1) worry, (2) whose will, (3) Jehovah Jirah, (4) confidence, (5) faith, (6) the twelve spies, (7) Hebrews 11:1, (8) God will make a way, (9) transcending human limitations, (10)…

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THE TENSION BETWEEN DOUBT AND FAITH

February 7, 2024 |
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I’ve come to think that it is impossible to have faith without doubt. What could I possibly mean by that? The Bible is clear that we are to have faith and NOT doubt. When doubts arise, and if we are human beings then they will, verses pop into our minds, such as James 1:6, “But…

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THE MASTER’S TOUCH

January 31, 2024 |
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“The Touch of the Master’s Hand,” otherwise known as The Old Violin, is a poem written by Myra Brooks Welch in 1921.  It tells of an old, battered violin that is about to be sold as the last item at an auction for almost nothing. But just as it’s going, going, gone, a violinist steps…

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LOVE, OR THE LACK THEREOF….

January 25, 2024 |
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The standards of our Savior have always been high…impossible, even. Forgive those who persecute you?? Love your enemies?? We all know we can only do so by the Lord’s grace. The problem is when we don’t recognize that we are NOT forgiving, that we are NOT loving our enemies. We usually have no problem seeing…

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THE PEACE OF CHRIST

January 22, 2024 |
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As we embark on the Via study the Mosaic staff has developed from now until Easter, keep in mind that just as a tree is known by the fruit it produces, similarly people are also known.  Galatians 5:22-23 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” These…

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POOR WORLD, RICH WORLD

January 11, 2024 |
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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World  is a book that was published several years ago documenting how much more advanced we are than we think. When you look at the trajectory in several categories, across ALL continents, material conditions have vastly improved for everyone. And this includes the blimp on the radar that was…

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BEGINNING AGAIN

January 3, 2024 |
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As we begin 2024, let’s focus on starting a new year with how God enables us to embrace the Spiritual fruits listed in Galatians 5:22-23.  Isaiah 43:18-19 “The Lord says, `Forget about what has happened before.  Do not think about the past.  Instead, look at the new things I’m going to do.’    Following is an acrostic…

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FULFILLED

December 28, 2023 |
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Our recent series has focused on the myriad of impossible ways that Jesus fulfilled Scripture, culminating in Pastor Lauren’s sermon Sunday with the image of 5,000 warehouses full of 2 million ping pong balls to capture the probability of fulfilling a prophecy. That’s amazing. It’s miraculous. However, this pales in comparison to the spiritual fulfillment…

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Last Sunday at Mosaic

February 27, 2024

February 25, 2024 • VIA • Mark DeYmaz