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Daily Scripture

Pastor Mark: Blogging Towards Sunday


A Tale of Two Advocates


We all need someone to lean on.

            Bill Withers

 Dear Friends,

During the last supper, our Lord uttered the most incredible words. In paradoxical fashion, Jesus states that He is leaving, but not leaving. 

He is with the disciples, yet He will be ‘in’ the disciples.  It is in this context that Jesus talks about the Holy Spirit. 

He refers to the Spirit as ‘Another Advocate.”  Such language reminds one of a court room.  Just as Jesus ‘advocated’ so will the Spirit.  
By the way, so powerful is the function of  this "Advocate,'  that sometimes it is translated,  "counselor,  comforter,  and helper."

As Bill Withers sang, "We all need someone to lean on!"



Yours in the Journey, Mark


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"Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls."

Mathew 11:28