Hope Surge

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4) We hear reports from distant shores and nearby corner stores of friends who bear the marks of loss of one kind or another. Cancer has made itself […]

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Eye Opening

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18) Head down, arms full, fingers occupied with a million pressing tasks, and I am prone to miss out on the wonders that you supply in countless forms. Preoccupied with minutia, overwhelmed with daunting responsibilities, blinded by routines, I fail to […]

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Fingerprints

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.” (Psalm 67:1-2)           Is it possible that in some incomprehensible way those unnamed missionaries have learned of the impact they […]

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Right By Our Side

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Mark 4:38 Do Something Quick We sound just like that boatload of wet, weary disciples whenever self-pity takes up residence, and fear moves in as our right-hand companion. Though Jesus is right by our side, on ready alert to assist and defend us, we are unaware […]

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Distinctive Sound Heard

“For what thanksgiving can we return to God, for all the joy we feel for your sake before our God.” (I Thessalonians 3:9)           “For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you…” (I Thessalonians 1:8). Wouldn’t this be a grand declaration, that God’s Word was the distinctive […]

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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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Magdalene

“There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.” (Mark 15:40-41) […]

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Anticipation

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” (John 20:19)            “That day” remains the most incredible one in history, […]

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Versus

“An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” (Matthew 2:13 NASB) Good versus evil. This contrast parades across our […]

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Fully Present

“And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, ‘The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.’” (Judges 6:12) The Lord often asks us to endure difficulties, engage in actions that require a storehouse of courage with bushels of his mercy and grace thrown in the mix. We stutter […]

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