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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Speak

“Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” (John 4:26) Jesus, you grab our attention and startle us as the one speaking directly to us in the midst of an ordinary day. You are the “I am he” addressing us as clearly as you dialogued with the Samaritan woman beside the well […]

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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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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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Strong Voice

“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:165) Sleepy eyed at first, I come to be with you early in the day before the hours rear back their heads and gallop away. Before other noises crash into my world, I sit with pen in hand and coffee cup […]

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First Call

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:8) At the outset, before I enter into conversation with another human being, I direct my three-ring-circus thoughts to you. Since you were […]

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Need of It

“If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.” Mark 11:3 The Lord and his disciples “drew near to Jerusalem” at the Mount of Olives the week before he made his way to Golgotha. At this juncture in the storyline, […]

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Walking it Out

“Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.” (I Thessalonians 4:1) When we first guide our children in the art of walking, we are […]

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Get In

“They said to the woman, ‘It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.’” (John 4:42) Living near to the ocean is a spectacular luxury. Never making the time to stroll on the sandy […]

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