Full of Heart and Deep in Thought--A blog by Marci Julin

Palm Sunday-- Even the Donkey Knows Its Owner

Don't you just love when you get to learn some new gem from Scripture that adds richness to your understanding? Today, Palm Sunday, we remember the triumphal entry of Jesus, the long-awaited messiah into Jerusalem just days before He would die for the sins of the world. The passages surrounding this period seem so familiar to many of us who have numerous Easters under our belt that it's a surprise when we gain new insight. However, I was pleasantly surprised, when I learned something new last year from Reverend John Tattersall, so I thought I'd share it with you in order that your Palm Sunday might also be richer in understanding. Many hundreds of years before the messiah came two prophet

Untold Treasure

Much interest exists today in end-times prophecy and rightfully so. From blood moons to the on-going crisis in the Middle East, to numerous other current events, much discussion persists on what points to Scripture's long ago foretold end-times prophecies. This is as it should be. However, when was the last time you heard a sermon on or read an article on the countless, previously fulfilled prophecies that deal with something other than Jesus? The Old Testament is chock-full of them. (Not to diminish the prophecies related to Jesus, for they forever remain powerful testimonies to the validity of His claim to be the Son of God and should be proclaimed far and wide.) How many of us have

God's Hands of Love--The Body of Christ

Have you ever been hurting; I mean really hurting, and God’s Word and other’s remarks, kind and true as they might be seemed hollow? I certainly have. When I was falsely accused of child abuse, I heard and received notes with the typical, Christian platitudes, from well-meaning people wanting to encourage me. Sadly though, after my son was taken away, I was terribly angry at God. I quit reading his Word and was, therefore, no longer open to God's words of love and comfort for me. Underneath my spiritual façade, I silently argued away Christians' words or simply dismissed what they expressed all together. Their words may have been true, but my hurting heart rendered them meaningless.

Vantage Point

Psalm 34:8 says, "Taste and see that the Lord is good." Honestly though, from my vantage point, the evidence from my life once seemed in direct contradiction to those words. To my way of thinking, only three possible explanations used to exist to explain God's goodness as that verse expressed. God is good, just not to me. What we humans define as good varies greatly from what God defines as good, and since He's God, He gets to define things as He so chooses. I'm supposed to blindly believe that God is good regardless of all evidence to the contrary. It has been a long journey for me to discover the fourth and correct explanation for Psalm 34:8. At the end of the tortuous pathway, along wh

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