Immersed

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13) Hope surges through Scripture in the way sparkling river water conveys life to parched places. Streaming through the Word in a recurring theme, hope brims […]

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Withered Wants

“And he said to the man with the withered hand, ‘Come here…Stretch out your hand.’” (Mark 3:3) We often appear like the man with the withered hand, crouching in the shadows, fearful that our shortcomings will be conspicuously visible before the accusing eyes of others. Surprisingly, we do not need to grovel and beg for […]

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New Mercies

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23) We heard that Aunt Alice was losing ground, slowly fading from this life and making her way toward […]

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Small World

“Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19 If for a moment I conclude that God is far removed from my world, I need only skim a few pages of the Gospel to gather an altogether different […]

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Directions

“And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and they prepared the Passover.” (Matthew 26:19) They often got it wrong. Jesus’ band of followers usually ended up making poor choices, succumbing to sleepiness when he desperately needed companionship, running away like frightened mice when he could have used a little lion-­‐-­‐-­‐hearted friendship. His time […]

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Step Forward

“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) We like to believe we can accelerate ahead, feet barely skimming the floor, making progress like a champion racehorse bound and determined […]

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Sprinting

“For you were slain, and by your blood your ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation….” (Revelation 5:9) In the midst of the Olympic fervor, we find ourselves in the bottom part of Africa, in the dry and brittle month of August, where every green blade of grass has […]

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