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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Pursuit

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-­7) Clear directions give us a running head start. The patient teacher in kindergarten who painstakingly showed me how to print the first […]

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Mountaintop

“And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.” (Matthew 17:8) We envy them sometimes, the twelve who walked so closely beside the Savior that they heard the Gospel from his lips and witnessed the miracles from the frontlines. They were the Carpenter’s nearest companions as he traversed the Galilean […]

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Pivotal

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) The disciples could have scattered in a dozen directions after Christ ascended to heaven. Yet, as an act of obedience, they listened to Jesus’ final instructions to return to Jerusalem until they were “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49b). Huddled […]

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