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The Gospel Reading. Luke 9:18-20

18Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”
19They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”
20 “But what about you?”he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

https://www.bible.com/bible/111/luk.9.niv

To the Top of the Mountain. (hey I did something right!)

Luke 9:18-20
18Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?
19They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”
20 “But what about you?”he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”

We are in the Valley. (Jesus talks about his death?)

Luke 9:21-27

21Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone. 22And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
23Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.24For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.25What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?26Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
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Back to the Top of the Mountain. (Literately)

Luke 9:27-36

28About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.29As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.30Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31They spoke about his departure,which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.33As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)
34While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.

Another Valley (The Disciples can't cast out a demon)

Luke 9:37-43

37The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child.39A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 40I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.”
41 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,”Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”
42Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43And they were all amazed at the greatness of God.

They go back to a peak.

Jesus comes on scene and heals the boy.  He’s experiencing newness!  And they’re back on top marveling at what Jesus can do!  Peaks and Valleys, toto, were not in Kansas anymore! But then Jesus talks about his brutal death again.  

All this cross talk is another valley.

Luke 9:43-50

While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 44“Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.”45But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
46An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. 47Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
49“Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.”
50 “Do not stop him,”Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”
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On the Road to Jerusalem.

Luke 9:51

51As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.

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Psalm 23

1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.
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Faith Of Theology :

For the Days You Feel Like Giving Up

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Jesus came that we would experience abundant life. Not just life…but abundant life. Does that mean wealth? No. Does that mean a life free from pain, trials or imperfections? Definitely not. It means a life full of joy, peace, and love regardless of our circumstances. It means a life lived in complete connection with a beautiful God who loves us deeply. And it means breathing free from the weight of chains produced by anything that sucks dry the life Christ intended for us.

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Army of Me: Searching for You

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http://www.relevantmagazine.com/the-drop/searching-you

In 2007, with the backing of a major label and his dreams at the brink of realization, Army of Me's Vince Scheuerman injured his vocal cords 3 weeks prior to the release of his debut record Citizen. It took 2 years for him to fully recover his voice and despair set in as the dream he had worked on for so long fell apart. But as his voice slowly returned, friends and supporters encouraged him to keep going.

Fast forward 5 years, 2012 opened doors to new friendships, a new hometown of Nashville, a producer Daniel James (Canon Blue), a string arranger Jeremy Larson, and a mixer Chad Howat (Paper Route). These were not only collaborators, but friends and a community— a small army, out of which Searching for You has emerged.

Daniel and Vince selected a specific pallet of sounds for what is now the new Army Of Me album - acoustic guitar, piano, strings, melotron, organ, and vocals that feature the lyric and story. The sound is beautiful, simple, and sensitive. After years of struggle, resistance, and pain, this record represents all of that; as well as the courage to keep moving forward.

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