“The sun will burn your eyes out from 92 million miles, and you expect to casually stroll into the presence of its Creator.”
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Once upon a time, a bishop got in the face of an emperor. One had immeasurable power behind him. The other had nothing but righteous indignation on his side.
The outcome of the standoff surprised everyone who heard the story.
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Theodosius had a plan. He wanted all the people of his empire to worship the one true God revealed in the Bible. A noble endeavor, for sure. But there was one fatal flaw in the emperor’s strategy:
Those he couldn’t lead to Jesus…he would send to Jesus!
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The first church that Fred Craddock served as pastor was a tiny, rural one near Oak Ridge, TN. During his tenure, the community exploded with laborers brought in to work at the newly developed nuclear plants. The young pastor wanted to attract the workers to his church; there was just one problem.
The church didn’t want them. At all.
If you ever see one in the wild, your heart will skip a beat. Between 6 and 10 feet long, weighing anywhere from 350 to 550 pounds, lions have a commanding presence over their surroundings…and you! After learning more about these fearsome creatures, it’s easy to see why Jesus was called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
Here are just a few of the extraordinary qualities that truly make lions the king of the jungle.
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Do you find prayer meaningful? How about satisfying? Do you see the evidence of answered prayer(s) in your life? Most people answer those questions with a despairing “no.” But there have been others who have literally changed the world through prayer.
What are they doing differently than us?
In life, we must be mindful of our relationships. If we’re connected to godly people, we’ll reap benefit after benefit. But if we’re tethered to the wrong people, we’ll pay a tremendous price over and over again.
If you don’t believe it, just check out the story of “Tattoo,” a basset hound from Seattle.