Need This

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”   (James 1:5-6) Inside the Storehouse One succinct promise trickling like a small stream revealing a torrential flow of meaning, drenching us with specific insights about our God. One statement among thousands, […]

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Guide

“As is your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. Let Mount Zion be glad, let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments. Walk about Zion and go around her; count her towers; consider her ramparts; go through her palaces, […]

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Scarecrows and Cucumbers

“But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King.” Jeremiah 10:10 I usually steer clear of intimidating paths, but recently plunged ahead on one that I had avoided for a decade or more. It is far easier to tackle the safer places, the familiar winding roads, the less complicated […]

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Surrounding Fog

“While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” (Luke 24:15-­‐16)  Often we resemble the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Downcast, we trudge along, walking away from our own confusing Jerusalem, where things have not gone as we expected. In the […]

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Brick by Brick

“O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress. My God in his steadfast love will meet me…” (Psalm 59:9-10) My friend Laurie looked like a fashionable Chico’s model with her cropped silver hair and large, tranquil eyes. The winter had been a hard one, robbing her health, stripping […]

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Clods and Dust

“I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:7-­8) Pebbles of wisdom matched against boulders of truth; a spattering of know-­ how confronting limitless understanding; little droplets […]

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Divine Directions

“When the young man heard this, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” (Matthew 19:22) Some Scriptures sag beneath the weight of regret-­filled words. Encumbered with misgivings, a scent of deep sadness seeps through the verses like a vine overloaded with fruit too burdensome to bear. In one unforgettable scene, we meet a […]

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Hide Out

“Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters they shall not reach him.” (Psalm 32:6) In our modern world, the rush of great waters threatens. That same overwhelming rush was part and parcel of the lives of the […]

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Turn Toward

“Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!” (Psalm 55:1) Whining rarely benefits the one enduring the gripe or the complainer intent on unloading her prevailing mediocre circumstances. Who really even cares when the boss is unjust, the landlord greedy, or the neighbor’s piercing accusation slices like […]

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