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Depart From Me! No, Follow Me

“But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, ‘Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!'” (Luke 5:8).

What would bring a man to ask Jesus to depart from him? Why did Peter feel so unworthy to be in the presence of Jesus? In the first place, Peter was hesitate in his obedience. He may not have argued with Jesus about the request to fish again that morning after fishing all night and catching nothing, but there was hesitancy. Peter didn’t say, “Hey Jesus, you’re just a carpenter, and I’m the big fisherman on this lake, and I know how to fish, so don’t you think I know this will be a futile effort?” But his actions would not have been his choice.


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Day of the Dead

“…that through death he (Christ) might bring to nought him that had the power of death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14).

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated by countries in Central and South America and other countries in the world. It is a festival in which the people take flowers, drinks, food, toys, and the dead ones’ possessions to the graves of their dead relatives. They pray for the dead and go to gravesites to communicate with them.


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The Bell Ringer

“I was still unknown by sight to the churches of Judea, which were in Christ” (Gal. 1:22).
In over sixty years in our city, working in public schools and as a Lord’s church preacher, I’ve met thousands of young people and parents, a number of church members, and I no longer match faces with names. Opening 30 years of albums or church directories, there’s little connection except vivid experiences.

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