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Come Away and Rest a While

1 Kings 3:4-13; Psalm 119:9-14; Mark 6:30-34– When you’re at a crossroad, challenged with a new circumstance, crisis, or dilemma, you need wisdom you do not have in order to make the right decision. But, how do you ...
by Jackie Picken
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A Tale of Two Kings

Sirach 47:2-11; Psalm 18:31, 47, 50-51; Mark 6:14-29 – Two kings were serious sinners, but one received God’s forgiveness and many blessings, while the other was given to dissolute living, and never quite came to hi...
by Jackie Picken
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A Sign of Contradiction

Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 24:7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40 – Today the Catholic and other liturgical churches celebrate the Presentation of the Lord Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem. Jesus was consecrated to the Lord, in...
by Jackie Picken
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The Kid Next Door

2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17; Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7; Mark 6:1-6 – What would you think of Jesus if you knew him as an ordinary, neighborhood kid? Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples. Wh...
by Jackie Picken
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Child, Arise!

2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14, 24-25, 30; 19:3; Psalm 86:1-6; Mark 5:21-43 – When you are weary, drained, grieving and in pain, hear Jesus speak to you, “Child, arise!” Absalom unexpectedly came up against David’...
by Jackie Picken
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From Defeat to Victory

2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13; Psalm 3:2-7; Mark 5:1-20 – Today, once again, we must speak of the power of evil and the overcoming power of God. Jesus and his disciples came to the other side of the sea, to the territory...
by Jackie Picken
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Deliverance

Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9; 1 Corinthians 7:32-35; Mark 1:21-28 It is a grave mistake to doubt or underestimate the existence and influence of demons – of Satan and all the evil spirits. It has often been sai...
by Jackie Picken
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Prescription for Stress

2 Samuel 12:1-7, 10-17; Psalm 51:12-17; Mark 4:35-41– One day you wake up and find even your life-boat is sinking in the storm. You look for answers; you cry out to God, but even Jesus seems to be asleep! You can only won...
by Jackie Picken
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Planting Seeds

2 Samuel 1:1-10, 13-17; Psalm 51:3-7, 10-11; Mark 4:26-34 – The Kingdom of God is growing all around us, but we cannot see it. Because only God can see inside the human soul. Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how i...
by Jackie Picken
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Shine!

2 Timothy 1:1-8; Psalm 96:1-3, 7-8, 10; Mark 4:21-25 – For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God  that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but...
by Jackie Picken
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Signs

Acts 22:3-16; Psalm 117:1, 2; Mark 16:15-18 Paul addressed the people in these words: “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral l...
by Jackie Picken
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Dancing Before the LORD –

2 Samuel 6:12b-15, 17-19; Psalm 24:7-10; Mark 3:31-35 – David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David amid festivities. As soon as the bearers of the ark of the LORD had advanced...
by Jackie Picken
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