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Merciful Heavenly Father; Merciful Children

"Be merciful just as your Father is merciful," says Jesus to His disciples. It is not easy to have an image of a merciful father, in a world which many do not have a father who is an example of mercy. But Jesus speaks of the Heavenly Father, God. God is quick to forgive and gives freely to all of His children. If we wish to be merciful like our heavenly father, you must learn to be a person who forgives and gives. We are empowered by God to do this well--it is not something we can do well all on our own.

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The Good News of the Ascension

On Ascension Sunday, Pastor Doug reminds us that Jesus' death and resurrection are both good news, but we should not forget that the ascension of Jesus into Heaven is also good news for all believers. Jesus had to ascend into Heaven, in order that the Holy Spirit could be sent to all believers--that the power of God would not just be limited to the presence of Jesus, but would be available in the life of every believer. We should be thankful for this good news, because it reminds us that Jesus does not call us to be witnesses, without empowering us to do so confidently.

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The Comparison Vortex

The comparison vortex is that trap which we fall into, so easily, as human beings. Whether it's a comparison of our jobs, our finances, our families, our church, we can get into a trap of wishing we had what someone else had, or we spend so much time worrying about someone else's life that we fail to live our own life. God has made each of us uniquely, and we need not be worried about everyone else's walk. Resentment comes from looking at one another, while contentment comes from looking at God. God will raise up those who are lowered, and he will cut down those who have lifted themselves on high. Peter turned to John, and asked Jesus: "what about him?" And Jesus' response is "what does that matter to you? Follow me!" Rather than comparing your situation with others, follow God in whatever situation you are in.

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Love Me More Than These

Jesus asks Peter: "do you love me more than these?" What are 'these'? Perhaps Jesus is wondering if Peter loves Him more than the other disciples--his friends and family. Or perhaps, Jesus wants to know if Peter loves Him more than the miracle catch of fish? The real question is: does Peter love Jesus above all--above everything? What about you? Jesus is sitting with you for breakfast and motions around your home, asking: "do you love Me more than all of this?" Pastor Doug challenges us to consider this question for ourselves, and truly seek to love Jesus Christ above all else in our lives. How do we move Jesus onto the throne of our lives? It might sound simple, but by: one 'yes' at a time.

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Call It A Comeback

Your greatest set-back, can become your greatest set-up, for your greatest comeback. On Good Friday, it didn't appear that Jesus would win; it seemed as though death had won and heaven had lost. But, the story of Jesus Christ--his death and resurrection--is the story of the greatest comeback in history. Often times there are moments in our lives which lead us to believe that the 'game' is over; that there is way to 'win.' And, unfortunately, there are times that we think we can still 'win,' but another setback pushes us even further away from victory. Maybe you've experienced this with a relationship, or in your work life, or in your schooling. You need a comeback. Jesus' resurrection is the ultimate comeback, and we participate in that comeback as children of God--as followers of Jesus Christ. Our salvation, and victory over death, is the comeback which allows all of our setbacks to be overcome and defeated. Our worst moment, is never our last moment. With Jesus Christ, there is always hope for the future. Attached, you will find a link to a YouTube video, recapping the 1993 NFL Championship game between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Oilers. This was one of Pastor Doug's illustrations.

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