Never Enough Containers

glass jarsHi. My name is Sandy, and I have a problem. I hold onto containers, and precariously pile them into the cabinet in case I need them later.

This may be a trait I inherited from my mother. I don’t know. I just know whenever Sissy and I visited Mom’s house, Sissy went through Mom’s containers like a wild woman. She made sure everything had a matching lid, and threw out whatever didn’t.

Yes. I know. My cabinets could use Sissy’s intervention. But I wonder. Is it possible in all my messy saving of containers, it might be biblical?

Several scriptures come to mind where I think this may be true. Instances where it was a good thing to have a few extra containers in the cupboards.

Abraham was told he would have descendants too numerous to count. More than the grains of sand on the shore. No amount of containers would be able to hold them.

Do you remember the widow in 2 Kings 4? Creditors threatened to take her two sons as slaves to pay her debt. She went to the prophet Elisha. He told her to go to all her neighbors and ask them for empty jars. Then she was to fill the jars with oil.

When she reached her last jar, the widow asked her sons for another, but there were none left. That’s when the oil stopped flowing. The jars of oil were sold to pay her debt. Those jars of oil saved her sons from slavery.

Sounds to me like it would have been good for her to have extra containers in our cabinets.

God’s mercies are new every morning. There aren’t enough containers in the world to hold them. There isn’t enough ink or paper to record them. We are told God’s blessings will be poured out on us. We will receive a full measure, pressed down, and overflowing.

Paul tells us we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives.

Sissy may be disciplined enough to limit the number of containers she saves, but not me. You never know when you might need one or two more.

And I’m thinking, it really could be biblical.

While I can’t say for certain whether having extra containers is a good thing, one thing I can say for certain. We’ll never have enough containers to hold all the many rich blessings God bestows on us each and every day.

Do you have more containers in your cabinets than you really need, or do you hold onto a couple more, just in case?

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There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit! Romans 5:3-5 (MSG)

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Sandy

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This post first appeared on this blog January 12, 2016.

God’s Timetable

mountain laurel flowerIn today’s post, I look at several people who waited on God’s timetable, God’s plan, and God’s will before they were used to accomplish his purpose.

Perhaps you’re in a place in your life where you need to push pause and consider the lives of the Israelites, David, Jesus, and Paul right along with me, as we wait on God’s timetable, plan, and will.

Instead of taking the Israelites the short way from Egypt to the promised land through Philistine territory, God took them along the southern route. Even if they hadn’t rebelled and added years to their journey, this route was longer.

Why did God do that?

I believe it was because he knew the Israelites weren’t prepared to face the Philistine army. They weren’t strong enough. They knew nothing of war. In time they would, but they didn’t then.

The Israelites had to wait on God’s timetable, God’s plan, and God’s will.

David waited over a decade between the day Samuel anointed him as God’s chosen king, to the day David claimed the throne.

Why the long wait?

I believe it was because God knew David wasn’t ready for the job. Sure. David had victories over Goliath and the bear and lion. Major victories in anyone’s book. But there was more he needed to learn to be God’s effective tool in conquering the land, and establishing God’s people as his own.

I’m thinking if David hadn’t spent so much time out there with his sheep, the world would not have the blessings of his psalms for one thing.

David had to wait on God’s timetable. God’s plan. God’s will.

Jesus lacked nothing, yet he waited 33 years from birth to resurrection before God’s plan of salvation became reality.

Why?

I believe it was because humanity needed those years to understand the fulfillment of the prophesies about the Messiah. We needed those years to understand the reason Christ came to this earth, lived a perfect life, offered his life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world, defeated hell, sin, Satan, and death, rose from the grave, and ascended into heaven where he sits at his Father’s right hand waiting for the day God says, “Go get your Bride”.

Jesus had to wait on God’s timetable. God’s plan. God’s will.

After Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, he did not receive his sight immediately, nor did he set out on a missionary journey as soon as he regained his vision.

Even after Paul began his ministry to the Gentiles, there were times the Holy Spirit blocked his way, and kept him from doing what Paul felt he needed to accomplish.

Why did he do that?

I believe, like most of us, Paul needed to be humbled in order to be receptive to what God’s plan was for his life.

Paul had to wait on God’s timetable. God’s plan. God’s will.

How are you doing waiting on God’s timetable in your life? Do you find it easy or difficult?

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But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Micah 7:7 (NIV)

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In the Boat With Us

sball boat in stormThe story in Mark 4 tells of the time Jesus rebuked the wind and waves, and calmed the storm. It’s a familiar story told in two other gospels as well. Jesus is teaching near the Sea of Galilee. The crowd is so large, he has to get into a boat. He sits and preaches from there.

When evening comes, he tells his disciples to sail to the other side of the lake. The disciples hoist sails, and set off across the lake as instructed. They don’t get far before a furious squall comes up. Waves break over the boat, nearly swamping it.

The disciples are frightened. Jesus is sleeping. They wake him, and ask, “Don’t you care if we drown?”

Several things have always stood out at me when I read this story. Number one is the fact the disciples did exactly what Jesus asked them to do. Sail across the lake. Jesus knew the storm would come. He knew he sent them into something that threatened to swamp them. He knew it was something more than they could handle.

The second thing I consider is the fact Christ was in the boat with the disciples. Again. Jesus knew the storm would come. Still, he placed himself in danger right alongside his friends.

Thirdly, instead of criticizing the disciples for asking Jesus if he even cared enough about them not to worry whether they drowned, I look at myself. I look at one particularly difficult season in my life. I hear my words echo in my mind. “Jesus, don’t you care if I drown?”

Maybe you’ve been in a similar place. You’re obedient to do what Jesus tells you to do. You set your sails and start across the lake. Then the storm hits. You manage okay for a little while. You’re  concerned, but you can handle it.

Then the winds pick up. The storm worsens. You struggle to haul in the sails before the ship capsizes. At the same time, the waves swell. They crest the bow, threatening to sink the boat.

You’re beyond being a little concerned. You’re down right scared. This could be it. This could be the end of your world as you know it.

All the while Christ is asleep in the stern of the boat. And you’re a wee bit miffed. Yeah. All right. You’re mad. Why isn’t he doing something? Doesn’t he care if you drown? So you wake him up and ask.

Jesus gets up. He rebukes the wind. He tells the waves to be still. He silences the storm.

Then he turns to you.

You want to go mend the torn sails. Or bail water from the boat. Something. Anything. You just can’t bear to look in Christ’s eyes. You doubted. You know it. He knows it.

Jesus didn’t forget you. He didn’t abandon you. He was right there with you the whole entire time. He heard the wind howl. He felt the boat heave. He saw the waves flood the boat.

He looks at you. His eyes are sad. “Why were you so afraid? I was right here. I knew about the storm. I knew it was more than you could handle on your own. I also knew you needed to find that out for yourself.”

That’s it, isn’t it?

Like the seasoned fisherman-turned-disciples who sailed that same lake for years, we think we can handle any storm life hurls at us. We’re competent. We have past experiences to prove our credentials in the getting through the storm department.

But this time it’s different. This time takes more than we have. This time takes us falling on our knees in a boat rapidly filling with water to ask Jesus for help.

That’s what we need to find that out for our self.

This storm strengthened Christ’s disciples for their upcoming storms. I imagine they doubted a little less each time the waves filled their boat. With each storm, their faith increased.

Same with us. When we reach Heaven’s shore, we won’t need anymore faith. It will all be made clear at that time. Until then though, each storm we face is one more opportunity to remember the storms Christ already saved us from.

It might look like Jesus is asleep in the boat, but he’s in the boat with us. He he won’t let us drown.

Amen?

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“Why are you so frightened? What has happened to your faith?!” he asked them. Mark 4:40 (PHILLIPS)

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How Do We Describe Peace?

pen and paperHow do you describe peace?

Merriam-Webster defines peace as a state of tranquility or quiet such as:

a : freedom from civil disturbance

b : a state of security or order within a community provided for by law

2 : freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

3 : harmony in personal relations

4a : a state or period of mutual concord between governments

b : a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

In her book, God is My Hiding Place, Corrie ten Boom said as Christians, our peace does not depend on our circumstances, but on our trust in God. She said being a Christian does not mean there are no more battles. Instead, it means we have a strategic point of victory, joy, and abundance in the battle.

She continued that it is God’s intention for his children to not be bogged down under heaviness and stress. God wants us to be strong, free, peaceful, and happy. Corrie stated that in order for us to do that, we must choose to live from a place of internal victory. Even when the external circumstances contradict what we see.

In her devotion, Corrie gave a practical tip for how we can live more peacefully. She suggested we take notice of all the blessings God gives, and all those he has given in the past. She cautioned not to just blurt out a few, but to write out as many as we can. Big and small. They all matter.

In conclusion, Corrie said, “When we set out to be mindful of our daily gifts, it sends us on a quest to find God’s hand throughout the day.”

What a wonderful thought. Set out to look for all the many ways God is blessing us throughout our day. Perhaps if we spent more thing doing that, we would experience more of God’s peace amid the hectic and stressful events of our lives.

What do you think?

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He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Isaiah 26:3 (TLB)

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Job Challenged God

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Job challenged God. He demanded answers for the reason behind his great losses. He challenged, and he wanted God to answer him. Why did God allow his children, fortune, and health to be taken from him in a series of dramatic events one right after the other? What had Job done to deserve such devastation?

As children we question our parents. We question our teachers. As adults we question our supervisors and those in authority over us. We question our leaders. We question God.

Why did you allow this to happen?

Why didn’t you do something?

Why?

Why?

Why?

We act as if we are the creator of the universe. We act as if we are the ones in charge. The ones in control. When actually, we are anything but.

Job challenged God. Job wanted God to give him an explanation for what happened. In return, God challenged Job to answer the questions God posed.

Where was Job when God created the world and put the stars in the heavens and planets in motion?

Where was Job when God created man?

Did the waves ask Job how far they should go before stopping on land?

Did the sun and moon ask Job when they should rise and set each day?

When Job realized the foolishness of questioning God’s reasons and actions he covered his mouth in silence, and repented in dust and ashes.

The next time something happens in our lives and we don’t understand it, or can’t figure out the reason behind it, maybe we need to remember we live in a very fallen world. Sin abounds. Satan and his demons are alive and well.

And so is God.

God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. His love endures forever.

While we can go to God with a questioning heart, we’d best not approach him with a raised fist. God owes us nothing. He does not owe us any explanation for what happens. It might be wise not to try and demand one.

We should never forget. He is God and we are not. Jesus is our advocate who stands before God’s throne pleading our case. What say we leave our defense to him?

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If someone wanted to take God to court, would it be possible to answer him even once in a thousand times?  For God is so wise and so mighty. Who has ever challenged him successfully? Job 9:3-4 (NLT)

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Not Bound By Time

distorted clocksI’m an early riser. I usually wake by 5:00 am. Some of my friends are night owls. This difference in circadian rhythms often means I send an email or text about a prayer need early in the day. They send an email or text with their prayer need later in the evening. Early and late being relative.

While our messages may not be read at the time they are sent, one thing is certain. Whether we send our prayers to God early in the morning, or late at night, he receives them at any hour, no matter when they are sent.

God is not bound by time. He goes before us and comes behind us. He has already walked where we will tread in the future. God knows the present and future before they begin. He knows our thoughts before we speak them. He is aware of when we sit and when we stand. God understands what we need, and provides what is best.

Because God is not bound by time the way we are, when my friends send me a text in the middle of the night requesting prayer, or I send them one early in the morning, and we don’t see the text until later it’s okay.

God hears our prayers before we speak them, and is already working on the answer. Answers may not come immediately. They may not come in the way we hoped. But in God’s time and in his Sovereignty, they are heard and answered.

Revelation tells us the prayers of God’s holy people ascend as an offering before God’s throne where they are kept safe. We may pray for years for a specific person or a specific need. We may become discouraged when we don’t see our prayers answered.

We may never see how God works in our prayers, but we don’t need to. What we need to do is believe God sees, he hears, and in hearing, he acts. God is not dismissive of our prayer requests. He actively works to answer them.  

Take heart, my friend. The God who is not bound by time as we are, sees you. He hears you. He acts on your behalf for the best outcome.

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Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Revelation 8:3-4 (NIV)

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Any Shackles Holding You Back?

broken chainsAny shackles holding you back from being the person God created you to be? You know. Those shackles we allow to define us and keep us from completing the work God calls us to. The shackles we permit Satan to wrap around us that trap us.

Maybe we’ve allowed the shackles of our mistakes to make us feel unworthy of God’s love. Perhaps it’s the shackles of our stiff-necked attitudes that keep us from softening our hearts towards others. Our shackles might be Satan’s lies of doubt, discouragement, and defeat.

The shackles bind and restrict, yet we falsely believe we will never break free. We get beat down over and over and over by life events, and it becomes difficult to stand back up. One thing right smack dab after another.

We’re bound by chains that remind us of everything that’s gone wrong. When that happens, we sometimes find it difficult to lift our hands in praise to Jesus for everything that’s gone right.

But you know what?

It’s in the praising we release those shackles that bind and hurt. Those shackles that hold us back from being who God created us to be. It’s in the praising we send the devil running. It’s in the praising we glorify God.

It might not come easy at first. It takes repeated practice. But that’s where Jesus enters with the key that unlocks our hurts, pains, suffering, and sorrow.

Jesus never promised those who followed him would live a life free of pain. On the contrary, he said his followers would have trouble in this world. He also told his followers to be encouraged.

Why? Because Christ overcame the world through his death and resurrection.

Any shackles holding you back? Anything binding and restricting you from being the person you were created to be? Perhaps it’s time to shake off those shackles and get your praise on.

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Suddenly an angel of the Lord stood there, and a light shone in the cell. The angel shook Peter by the shoulder, woke him up, and said, “Hurry! Get up!” At once the chains fell off Peter’s hands. Acts 12:7 (GNT)

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The Beggar’s Coat

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During a recent study, I learned something interesting about the beggar’s coat during Jesus’ time on earth. The government had regulations for beggars. If a person had a valid reason to beg, they were given a beggar’s coat. This let passersby know the beggar truly was in need.

The story is told in Mark 10 of a blind beggar named Bartimaeus. One day as he sat along the side of the road, he heard a large crowd approach. The Bible tells us Bartimaeus asked what was going on. Someone told him Jesus of Nazareth was nearby. When he heard this news, Bartimaeus shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”

I’ve read this story many times and never really paid attention to the fact the people said, Jesus of Nazareth. But Bartimaeus said, Jesus, Son of David. That distinction makes a huge difference, don’t you think?

Bartimaeus recognized Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. Because he recognized Jesus as the Messiah, Bartimaeus, in faith, was willing to throw off his beggar’s coat, jump up, and go to Jesus.

Don’t miss that like I have all these years. Bartimaeus’ beggar’s coat was his means of supporting himself. It was his security. It was his identity. Still, he threw it away when he went to Jesus.

His faith was so strong, he believed Jesus could and would heal his sight. He believed he had no further need of his beggar’s coat.

Bartimaeus didn’t hold onto the coat. He threw it off. He didn’t hold onto his identity as a beggar. He threw it off. Bartimaeus believed once he saw Jesus, there was no reason to ever want his beggar’s coat back.

Such faith.

I imagine by the time Bartimaeus reached Jesus, someone else already snatched up that government coat which allowed them to sit on a corner and beg.

In response to Bartimaeus’ faith, Jesus healed him. In fact, Jesus told the former blind man his faith was what allowed him to see.

That would be a lovely ending to Bartimaeus’ story if it ended right there. But that wasn’t the end. Mark 10:52 tells us, Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road. 

Bartimaeus threw off his beggar’s coat in faith, was healed, and followed Jesus. Is there anything we need to throw off in faith that is keeping us from following Jesus down the road?

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Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus. “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. “My Rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”  And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road. Mark 10:50-52 (NLT)

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Satan Entered

dark skyThen Satan entered into Judas.

It began with a suggestion. Betray Jesus. Go to the leading priests. Tell them you’ll hand Jesus over to them.

During that time, Accuser (Satan) wrapped himself around the heart of speaks Well Of (Judas), also called Village Man (Iscariot), who was one of the twelve followers of Creator Sets Free (Jesus). He went to the head holy men and the lodge guards and told them of his plan to turn against Creator Sets Free (Jesus). Luke 22:3-4 (First Nations Version)

The plot becomes action.

While Jesus and his disciples ate the Passover meal together, Satan entered Judas again. Up to this point, no action or follow-through was taken. That would soon change. Judas left the others. He went to the chief religious leaders. Details for accomplishing the betrayal of Christ were ironed out.

When Speaks Well Of (Judas), took the frybread, the evil snake took hold of his heart. “Go now,” Creator Sets Free (Jesus) said to him, “and do what you have planned.” John 13:26-27 (First Nations Version)

Satan entered Judas with a suggestion. The suggestion became a plot. The plot became action sealed with the kiss of a betrayer.

While Creator Sets Free (Jesus) was speaking, suddenly a crowd stormed in led by Speaks Well Of (Judas), one of the twelve. He walked up to Creator Sets Free (Jesus) to greet him. “Will you betray the True Human Being with a kiss?” he said to him.

“Why do you come at me with clubs and long knives as if I were a thief?” he asked them. “Did I not sit with you every day in the sacred lodge? Why did you not take me then? This is your time, and you have given the powers of darkness their day.” Luke 22:47-48, 52b-53 (First Nations Version)

At any time and at any point, Judas could have resisted Satan. He could have walked away. When Satan enters and whispers in our ear, we have the same choice. When he tries to wrap himself around our heart, we can resist. When we do, he will flee, because the One who is Greater is in us if we claim Christ as our Savior. We can take every thought captive and throw away everything the evil one sends our way.

Maybe we’ve allowed the deceiver’s words to make it through the initial suggestion phase, and we’ve started planning and plotting how to accomplish his design. Maybe we’ve even enlisted others to help us. There is still time to turn back. There is still time to tell Satan to get out of our life. 

Unfortunately, if like Judas, we don’t turn back before we follow through with the plan to betray Jesus, we place a kiss of betrayal on the cheek of the One who calls us friend.

But all isn’t lost. When we follow through with Satan’s suggestions and sin, there is still hope if we acknowledge our sin, turn to Jesus, and ask for his forgiveness. Then we must determine to shut our ears to the deceiver’s lies.

We aren’t strong enough to stand on our own against the enemy, and we don’t have to. When Satan enters, we aren’t defenseless. Far from it. We have an ally in God’s own son.

We have the Savior who stands before his Father, the Righteous Judge, pleading our case as our Mediator, Advocate, Intercessor, and High Priest on our side. We have the Spirit living inside us to strengthen us in our struggles.

We have a loving Father who allowed his beloved Son in whom he is well pleased, to be betrayed with a kiss, suffer excruciating torture, and die a sinner’s death. All so our sins could be forgiven and we could have a relationship with him as his  beloved child.

Satan is defeated by the power of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. Don’t ever forget that. You can be sure Satan won’t. That’s why Satan continues to look for ways to devour and destroy God’s people.

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Then Satan entered into Judas, called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples. So Judas went off and spoke with the chief priests and the officers of the Temple guard about how he could betray Jesus to them. They were pleased and offered to pay him money. Judas agreed to it and started looking for a good chance to hand Jesus over to them without the people knowing about it. Luke 22:3-6 (GNT)

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The Day After Christ’s Triumphant Entry

JerusalemJesus and his disciples entered Jerusalem the day before in a triumphant parade surrounded by shouts of “Hosanna!”, “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

When the religious leaders told Jesus to make the people hush, the Son of God replied that even if the people stopped their praise, the rocks and stones themselves would rise up and sing. I absolutely love that image and truth.

After a night in Bethany, Christ and his disciples returned to Jerusalem. There they found money changers in the temple. These men charged exorbitant fees. In doing so, they took advantage of the poor who came to offer their sacrifice at the temple. Merchants sold inferior animals at inflated costs. The commonness of a market replaced the holiness of the temple.

And Jesus was not pleased.

At the beginning of Christ’s ministry he encountered the same thing (John 2:13-16). During that incident, Jesus took the time to braid strands into a whip before he cleared the temple. Possibly he was counting to ten?

This time, however, there doesn’t seem to be the pause between anger and action. Jesus knew his time on earth was coming to a close. He knew by the end of the week Judas would betray him and Jesus would be handed over to the religious leaders.

He would be beaten beyond recognition. Suffer unimaginable pain. Be crucified even though no fault or crime was found. He would pay the penalty for our sins. Christ would drink the cup of his Father’s wrath.

My question for each of us is this. Are we like those money changers who defiled God’s holy temple?

How do we treat the things of God? Of Jesus?

Do we revere the Holy Scriptures, read them, take them into our heart, and apply them to our lives?

Are we regularly in worship services with other believers, praising our Lord’s name? Not only during significant seasons such as Easter and Christmas, but all year long?

Or do we treat God’s house as nothing more than a social gathering? A place to network to further our careers? A common market place to buy and sell commodities?

Each of us will be held accountable for how we treat the holy things of God. The next time Jesus clears the temple, I do not think he’ll pause to braid a whip.

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When they arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus went to the Temple and began to drive out all those who were buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the stools of those who sold pigeons, and he would not let anyone carry anything through the Temple courtyards. He then taught the people: “It is written in the Scriptures that God said, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.’ But you have turned it into a hideout for thieves!”

The chief priests and the teachers of the Law heard of this, so they began looking for some way to kill Jesus. They were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. Mark 11:15-18 (GNT)

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