Mercy in the Margins (June – 2017)

Greetings!

First, I must thank those of you have financially given to my calling as a missionary chaplain among the poor, the brokenhearted, and the captive in downtown Idaho Falls. I am humbled by your consideration and support. The need is great.  And yet the magnitude of the calling is even greater. Continue reading

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Matthew 4:12-17

I will be out of town tomorrow and the following Sunday.  So I will be missing Pastor Beau’s upcoming messages in Matthew.  But my heart is in this discipleship, gospel manual in the New Testament.  Unfortunately, I will not be able to listen to Pastor Beau’s sermon on Matthew 4:19.  Incidentally, Real Life Ministries up in northern Idaho builds a strong, working definition from that verse on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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Matthew 4:1-11

Today, at Emmaus Road Church, Pastor Beau Floyd opened up the discussion at our assembly with this question:  What was your best and worst meal that you have eaten?  He and others shared some humorous stories. Then we jumped into the biblical story, which Beau titled, “God’s Testing, Jesus’ Spiritual Victory“.

Typically, I have heard how the three temptations are placed within the matrix of the (1) lust of the flesh, (2) lust of the eyes, and (3) the pride of life (I John 2:16). But Beau took us back to the great Shema (rightful context) in Deuteronomy 6. Continue reading

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30-Day Bible Reading Challenge

Read one chapter each morning Continue reading

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Matthew 3:13-17

Today, at Emmaus Road Church, Pastor Beau Floyd opened up the discussion at our assembly with this question:  What is baptism?

I enjoyed immensely watching Jeff Cale take the microphone and share his testimony of God’s grace in his life.  Two and a half weeks ago, he was released from the Bonneville County Jail.   Continue reading

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Matthew 3:1-12

Today, at Emmaus Road Church, Pastor Beau Floyd preached “Making a Way to Jesus” from Matthew 3:1-12 and connected the text to us in five ways: (1) A Messenger and a Way, (2) Being Weird, (3) Baptism and Repentance, (4) False “Devotion”, and (5) The Coming One.

He began his message by asking us, “How do you prepare the way for people to meet Jesus?”   Continue reading

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Matthew 2:13-23

Today, at Emmaus Road Church, Pastor Beau Floyd preached on the theme that “The Battle and the Victory are God’s” out of Matthew 2:13-23.  He divided the passage into three themes:  (1) God Protects, (2) Spiritual Opposition, and (3) God Directs.

My questions related to the text . . . Continue reading

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