Living Nativity

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.”  (Luke 2:14) This very morning, we celebrate the wonder and beauty of everything Christmas! Rather than going through the motions of knowing the nativity by heart, perhaps we could manage to “be” a part of the Christmas story. […]

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Christmastime

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16) Our six-month grandson Joshua came over recently while his mom ran some errands. Kimberly left instructions for his next feeding and an ample supply of bottles behind. It was Christmastime, and the tree twinkled in the background as I enjoyed the sweetness of Joshua’s […]

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Underwhelmed

“But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love…” (Nehemiah 9:17) They each blundered big under a varying set of circumstances. Eve reached for the fruit, Sarah handed over her maid, Moses slammed the rock, David hatched a deadly plot, and the children of Israel […]

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Do Well

“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.” (Jonah 4:1) We are quick to question God, to call him to account, to address him with our list of grievances and gripes. We routinely ask him to bless us, guide us, and shower us with gifts galore. And with the very same tongue we accuse […]

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Step Ahead

“You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you…” (Deuteronomy 5:33) Babies do a lot of sleeping. (When we desperately need some, they usually quit!) In the first few months of life babies could almost be called […]

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Remind Me

“Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, ‘He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us?’ But he gives more grace.” (James 4:5-6) I forget easily. Priorities set in motivated moments disappear like popping soap bubbles. Poof! They’re gone! How can I prevent the […]

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Pick Me

“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” (Ephesians 1:4) With our finite minds, it really doesn’t make much sense at all. To imagine that before one blade of grass appeared in the Garden, or one ray of sunlight sliced through […]

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Every Day

“Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.” (Psalm 145:2) Every day means even today—perhaps especially today—when the toilet is clogged, the roof is leaking, the traffic is jammed, and the flight is delayed. Every day means that today I will look for opportunities to bless God, regardless that the […]

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Poverty Stricken

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1: 7) Extraordinary artwork and impressive contemporary sculptures […]

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One of Ten

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks.” Luke 17:15-16 All ten men “stood at a distance” waiting for Jesus to enter their town, shouting like prisoners with breakout on their minds: […]

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