Feast

“And he kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people.” (Luke 9:16 NAS) Such a familiar narrative, this feeding of five thousand hungry men and their needy families perched on a mountainside while they listened to Christ’s every word. Their longing for truth pinned them to the grass for days on end […]

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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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Unthinkable

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.” (Matthew 3:13) When Jesus approached John with this appeal, John didn’t think this was entirely a good idea. Feeling completely unworthy to fulfill Christ’s request, he attempted to reason Christ out of his plan. Earlier, the Baptizer had explained to […]

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Tasteful

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?”         (Matthew 5:13)           Flavorless and good for nothing! Protect us, Lord, from falling into that category of worthless salt. Enable us to affect our culture for good […]

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After Him

Christ found Fishermen Casting nets Across the sea Recognized World changers Disciple makers Rule breakers; Common crew Caught his word Tossed fish aside Hearts open wide Followed After Him. Sees you Me too Nets on land Fish in hand Busy making Striving, faking Calls anew Aim for truth; World changers Disciple makers Rule breakers Soul […]

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Body Work

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”           (I Corinthians 12:27) Runners sprinting down the track toward the finish line, weightlifters hoisting barbells with heavy metal plates, skiers flying across the slopes at breakneck speeds, or ballerinas extending their legs in a graceful arabesque – each one […]

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Divine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1 The vine is a life-giving imagery that crosses cultures effortlessly. Nourishment and stability pulse through the vine into all the branches; no living branch exists unless it is connected to the vine. Our Lord calls himself the vine; as his disciples we […]

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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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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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Meal Time

“And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages to buy themselves something to eat.” (Mark 6:35-36) Meal times with the Master could be unpredictable for the twelve. On some […]

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