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Confessions of a CrossFitter

Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. Luke 5:31 Please take a moment to read this week's entire passage! I showed up to my first day of CrossFit almost ten years ago completely out of shape and with zero experience in any kind of gym or group fitness setting. Everything in that first class was brand new to me, but I officially joine...

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Come As You Are

After these things He went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he left all, rose up, and followed Him. Then Levi gave Him a great feast in his own house. And there were a great number of tax collectors and others who sat down with them. And their scribes and the Pharisees complained against His disciples, s...

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Speaking of Chutzpah

Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. "Follow me," Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Then Levi held a great banquet" (Luke 5:27-29a). Please take a moment to read this week's entire passage! [chutzpah: (huts-puh) a Yiddish term meaning audacity, courage, or nerve] The old saying "Birds of...

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The Party Doctor

Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd Of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and 'sinners'?" (Luke 5:29-30). Please take a moment to read this week's entire passage! It's kind of n...

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Compassion Can Get Complicated

"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender, one five hundred, the other fifty. Since neither could pay, he canceled both their debts. Now which one will love him more?" "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled" (Luke 7:41-43). Here's a link to the entire passage! We all say we want compassion and need compassion, but the actual doing of compassion can get ...

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It’s Better to Serve AND Be Served

As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears.Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them (Luke 7: 38). Here's a link to the entire passage! When I think about Jesus, I tend to focus on how he's always serving other people. I model my own service after him. I enjoy volunteering and serving others, but ...

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What’s Up in the Neighborhood?

Luke 7:36-50 Here's a link to the entire passage! What's up with Simon the Pharisee? At first, he seems to be genuine. He did, after all, invite Jesus to the dinner party at his house. Yet there was evidence from the get-go of his disdain: no washing of Jesus' feet on arrival, no kiss, no oil on His head. Simon may have been a stickler for the Law, but he was obviously ...

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It's Your Lucky Day!

It's your lucky day: not one, but *two* Connect Devotionals to begin with this Tuesday! We hope you enjoy these pieces written by Bella and Jessica. "Cost of Forgiveness" Bella Segnere "You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgivenfor she loved much. But he who is forgive...

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It’s a Messy Day in the Neighborhood

If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching himand what kind of a woman she is that she is a sinner (Luke 7:39). Here's a link to the entire passage! [Did you notice: we have begun putting a link to the complete passage for the week at the top of each Connect Devotional. We encourage you to read the whole passage before diving into what we write!] Linus f...

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You Already Are a Neighbor!

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live God did this so that men would seek ...

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