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Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other guest began to say among themselves. “Who is this who even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

Luke 7:48-50

When I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror do you know what I see? A man in need of forgiveness. When Jesus refer to this woman he said, "her sins are many." I guess you could say the same thing about me, "his sins are many." But I have comfort, no matter my sins, they are forgiven. I don't have to live with the burdens of my sins pulling me down, because he cleansed me of them. My sins are forgiven, just like the woman.

Psalm 130:3-4 says...

"If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness;
Therefore you are feared."

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you like the woman, are you like me? Are your sins many? The way I see it, you have two choi…

Disgusting Baby Stuff!

So last night before bed I was playing with Jonas, my 3 month old son. Now he laughs out loud and its really cute so thats what we were doing. He's really ticklish so I was tickling him and he was cracking up. Then all of the sudden he stopped laughing and puked on me. Now, mind you, I have been puked on before, I've even been pooped and peed on a number of times. In Jonas' short time with us so far he has managed to get me with all three.

This time however was a little different, he puked into my belly button. Yes, it was disgusting and odd and I really don't know how else to describe it. All I know is that I will never be the same after last nights experience.

J

The Cell

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John the Baptist, at times he kind of goes unnoticed in our study of scripture. We don't really don't pay a whole lot of attention to him, and I think that's how John would have wanted it. When I think of John I picture a rugged man who only speaks when he has something to say. Thats why it was so significant when he look at Jesus and said "Look, its the lamb of God." He only spoke when he had something to say. He was a real man. Strength and boldness marked his ministry.

Last night in youth group we saw another side to John, his unsure and frightened side. At first it's kind of disheartening, but just think about the circumstances...He was in jail. I don't know about you but I sure have doubted God for a lot less. I have always had a roof over my head. I have always had food on my plate. I have always been able to pay my bills. I always have nice clothes. I was privileged to attend college. I have an awesome and supportive family.

I don'…

Alone In The Boat

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Last night I spoke about Zebedee, the father of James and John. James and John made a decision to get out of the boat and follow Jesus, their dad did not. He sat in the boat and watched his kids walk away. Zebedee missed out on so much because he didn't trust the call of Jesus. The simple call of follow me. I said "Following Jesus always means leaving something behind." Zebedee was afraid to leave behind everything he knew.

I also made a small comment about pride. I really do think that pride played a big role in Zebedee's hesitation. I can picture it right now, James and John urging their father to come with them, and Zebedee mumbling under his breath "stupid kids." There was no way that he was going to let his kids tell him what to do with his life. He knew better, he had more life experience. Because of his arrogance he missed out.

God tells us in Proverbs that "Pride goes before destruction" and that "I hate pride and arrogance…

Never The Same

When people met Jesus, their lives were never the same. He has a knack at doing that. This is what we will be discussing in youth group over the next few weeks. I'm really excited because this series goes a direction you normally wouldn't go because of the stories it tells. Stories about men and women in the bible that we normally don't talk about. It throws the "What If..." question out there.

What if you were locked in prison like John the Baptist, how would you respond? What if you were the prostitute at the feet of Jesus, would you wash his feet with your tears? What if you were the soldier that Jesus healed right before he was taken away to be crucified? How would you respond?

There will be a lot of tough questions asked over the next few weeks, but they are questions that we need to ask ourselves. I truly believe that God will be challenging us to take a good hard look at our lives and our devotion to him.

Tomorrow night we start with Zebedee, the F…