Ironclad

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27 The ironclad door will not budge, its hinges immobile and unresponsive to my incessant barrage. Resolved, I pound against its frame and beg entry, pleading aplenty and waiting for the slightest crack to thrust myself within. It will […]

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Ends of the Earth

“A devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.” (Acts 10:2) Prayer is a mystery, deep and wide and way beyond us all. We attempt to fathom its meaning, to discern how it works, but we come up short time and time again. […]

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Fully Convinced

“Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.’” (Matthew 15:28) Barging In She set the bar high, this obscure foreigner with the audacity to insist on a miracle. The Canaanite woman barged into the presence of Christ crying out loudly and long for healing for […]

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Answers

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” (John 14:1) Questions often stack up tall beside a short supply of answers. We surface our doubts and wonderings, waiting for explanations from God as if he is bound to straighten out all our conundrums. God doesn’t scare easily, doesn’t flinch at […]

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Extension

“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, . . . so that you became an example to all the believers.” (1 Thessalonians 1:6–7) Suppose they could actually speak to us, the characters described throughout the pages of Scripture whom we barely consider as we swiftly scan their stories. What would they say, what lines […]

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Just a Minute

“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1 Waiting patiently for the Lord means we don’t try to cajole an answer out of him or force our wants and wishes on the Creator of the Universe. It means we do not act like unruly children unaccustomed to hearing […]

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Mansion Truth

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) At the point in our lives when God drew us to himself, we invited him in, committed our lives to Christ, and began an incredible journey with him as […]

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Life Journey

“And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child….” (Luke 1:6-­‐7a) Zipping through the Christmas narrative, we may easily overlook the opening players in the drama that unfolds around the Christ Child. Writing his “orderly account,” Luke first introduces us to an […]

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Withered Wants

“And he said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Come here…Stretch out your hand.’” (Mark 3:3) We often appear like the man with the withered hand, crouching in the shadows, fearful that our shortcomings will be conspicuously visible before the accusing eyes of others. Surprisingly, we do not need to grovel and beg for […]

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Like Me

“Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy! In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness.” Psalm 143:1 David the shepherd boy turned giant-slayer teaches us a thing or two about what to do when we are in a pickle. Left to our own devices, we groan and grumble before figuring […]

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