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I’m reading through Luke in the Passion Translation (TPT). It’s a wonderful new translation of the Bible, not yet complete, so you can only get it in bits and pieces so far. I hope the translator, Dr. Brian Simmons, is able to complete the whole Bible.

As often happens when I read a familiar passage in an unfamiliar translation different things jump out.

Today as I read the story of the feeding of the 5,000, a line in Luke 9:11 struck me.

Here it is in TPT.

But the crowds soon found out about it and took off after him. When they caught up with Jesus, he graciously welcomed them all, taught them more about the kingdom of God and healed all who were sick. - Luke 9:11 TPT.

Later in the passage we learn there were “nearly five thousand men here, with women and children besides!” (Luke 9:14 - TPT)

What a day! It’s no wonder it was getting late. He welcomed them; He taught them; He healed them all—ALL.

Wonder how many folks went away with two miracles that day. The saw the Lord Jesus multiply the loaves and fishes, which meant they went away with full bellies, but they also went away, leaving their crutches on the hillside—some seeing for the first time—others hearing the sound of their children’s laughter as they headed back to their villages.

What a day.

What a day.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. - Hebrews 13:8 NASB

He’s still welcoming.

He’s still teaching.

He’s still healing.

benheadshot1Thanks for coming by.

See you again soon.



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What do you do when you are ‘up against it?’

When you are facing unfathomable odds or impossible circumstances, what’s your next move?

Jesus and the disciples are standing there with 5,000 hungry men, far from any market and late in the day. Unwilling to send them away hungry, Jesus asks the boys where the nearest Cracker Barrel is. Philip is like “Cracker Barrel, we’ll still be waiting for a table for 5,000 a week from Tuesday!”

One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him, "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?" - John 6:8-9 NASB

The faith that flows from Andrew’s mouth is not exactly astounding, but his actions here are a key for our lives today.

When faced with making dinner for a multitude on a shoestring budget, there is only one thing to do.

Take what you have and place it in the Master’s hands. [Tweet This]

You see Jesus will always supply the projects He initiates.

It was not a matter of Andrew’s great faith, but simply putting what he had in Jesus’ hands.

The question was not a problem. The confusion was not a problem. The apparent lack of resource was not a problem.

I have heard it said, “little is much in the hands of Jesus.” So what are we to do? Take the little we have and put it in His hands.

Big problem – simple solution.

Ben NelsonHave a great day.

Don’t forget to shine.


"I feel compassion for the people because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat.” (Mark 8:2 NASB)

Here we see crowds who have been following him around and listening to His teaching for 3 days. Hunger is setting in.

I have always wondered if this was the first stop for a meal, or if everybody came with 2 days food. Were they so amazed by Jesus and His teaching that they had not noticed until 3 days had passed that they were hungry?

In any case, Jesus feels compassion for these who have physical limitations, walking in flesh and living with natural needs.

Sometimes I think we expect of ourselves more than is humanly possible.

Have you ever tried to – oh – I don’t know – pray all night long and find yourself nodding off.

Or perhaps you have set out to fast only to find yourself nibbling on munchkins before noon.

You’re like – I can do this – but Jesus is thinking  - let’s bring lunch in before they all faint.

He has compassion on our humanity. Like is says in Psalm 103, He knows our frame – that we are dust, like the grass we wither and fade.

BenThank you Jesus that you have compassion on our frailties.

Thanks for stopping in today.


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