I recently read Luke chapter 12 and there was a part of the passage that hit me like a ton of bricks. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32

You see, I like many people here live in fear. We are afraid to keep our jobs, our families, and our lives in order. We form habits and routines and when those things change. We start to become worried or afraid.

But Jesus tells us that it is God’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom. God wants to give us everything we want and need in this world, so why be afraid?

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I would call Transgression a “seminary word.”  The average church goer might not know what this word means.  It is not a word that many use on a regular basis.  Transgression basically means sin but with intentionality.

We sin everyday, by what we do and by the things that we don’t do. However, there are times when people cause a transgression, that is when people intentionally sin or break the law, on purpose.  This may include running a stop sign or telling a lie.

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Luke chapter 15 is about things that once were lost suddenly are found.  At first the lost are a sheep and a coin. The lesson that Jesus is teaching is about God desperately searching out for those in this world who are lost.  Imagine being loved so much that the one searching for you will not stop until you are found. This comes to life in the story of the Prodigal Son.

The Prodigal Son is a classic Biblical story about a son who takes his father’s inheritance and spends it until it is gone.  The son at the end of his rope he decides to go back home and beg for forgiveness.  His hope is to at the very least convince his father to put a roof over his head and give him some food. 

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Seeds are important.  I never fully realized the importance of seeds until planting my first garden last year.  Planting seeds (and actually grow something) is difficult work.  If you don’t handle seeds the right way, or if you don’t put them in the proper environment they die.  So when I read the Parable of the Sower in the book of Matthew I question the motive behind the sower.  Why would you scatter seeds in places that have no chance of producing good fruit?  It seems like such a waste!!  Seeds are expensive!!

But when I read (and reread) the parable I realize that there is a deeper meaning behind the parable. The sowers main purpose is not to plant the most amount of seeds to have the greatest yield of crop.  But instead it is to give everyone an opportunity to to have a chance to grow.

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This morning I took a look at the Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge picture and saw that the word was #dust.  It’s pretty appropriate considering today is Ash Wednesday.

This morning I am working from home as my children don’t have school today.  I am searching around the house for dust.  You would think that is pretty easy right?

I found some here and there (and started to dust after I took some pictures of it) then my daughter said “How about the fan?”.  Yes the ceiling fan! That thing collects dust faster than anything else in the house!  I climbed on a chair and sure enough – #dust.

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