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We Need Old People (over 33 qualifies)

I remember attending the Fort Worth Weekly music festival a few years ago before we had started planting The Paradox. God gave me a burden for all the people gathered – the majority of them being younger folks.  I wanted them to meet God, or, if they had met him, to really know him, not […]

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Thoughts on a Fort Worth Street Preacher

My wife and I have date night pretty much every Friday – have for years.  She’s really pretty and I like her a lot so I keep asking her on dates and she keeps saying, “yes”. This past Friday we went downtown to take pictures (for fun) and eat at PF Chang’s.  As we were […]

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More Than a Photograph

I’m Elizabeth Azide, a communications intern at Tarrant Area Food Bank. Yesterday morning I had the opportunity to visit one of our mobile pantries (http://tafb.org/food-mobile-pantries.html) at the Northside Interchurch Agency in Fort Worth to take pictures for our website. I arrived at the site with one thought in mind, “I’m a photographer today. I will […]

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Not Worth Fighting For

I’m not worth fighting for. It’s a message I’ve been receiving my whole life, but never more painfully than the day my divorce was final. My husband wasn’t just signing his name to the divorce papers, he was signing a lifetime of hurt with one quick message: “You aren’t worth the trouble and I’m not […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Finish

He said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. — John 19:30 The Creator of life dies, that we might live.  One sacrifice.  Done.  Finished.  There is nothing more to be done.  It is finished. There is no church attendance, no good deed, no payment or no religious activity necessary to […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – He Forgives

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” — Luke 23:34 When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – Lifted Up

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up –John 3:14 After nailing Him to the cross they lifted Him up. Jesus, who came from heaven where He was “high and lifted up”, with angels constantly singing His praises, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Nails

Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Cross

So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. — John 19:17 Good timber was rare.  So they would re-use the spikes driven into the hands and feet of the accused as well as re-use the cross […]

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The Paradox of the Cross – The Crown

And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him.  And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they were striking his […]

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