Sea of Tiberias

“Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.” John 21:4 He came to them by the Sea of Tiberias when they had lost their way. Fishing was their specialty before the Carpenter of Nazareth turned their worlds upside down and called them to […]

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Interrupters

“On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.” (Luke 5:17) Jesus was having “one of those days.” There he was trying […]

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Replicate

“O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.” (Psalm 65:2)           Prayer isn’t always easy! At times we come up short and a sense of inadequacy takes center stage as we try to express our needs and communicate our praise to God. Often, we run out of words, […]

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Loves Me Loves Me Not

“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3) Lashes from one who should love us lacerate like sharp fangs. Rejection curls its snarling lips, extends its cavernous jaws and clamps […]

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The Agony of Love

“Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the Lord your God; the fear of me is not in you, declares the Lord God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 2:19) People disappoint. God understands that gut-wrenching condition perfectly. His chosen ones regularly fell short, broke his heart, spurned his love. His ache […]

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Peter, Peter

“But he said emphatically, ‘If I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And they all said the same.” Mark 14:31 When Peter spoke those infamous words, Christ loved him nonetheless. His was a bold and courageous determination to defend the Lord at all costs. I believe Peter thought he would be capable […]

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Last of All

“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) Their rules and rituals infuriated Jesus. The Master of mercy, the King of compassion, disdained fabricated religion that overturned the message of the Kingdom. Jesus had come for helpless children and broken men, for honest seekers and repentant […]

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State of Heart


“For this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28) Sin is a three-letter word rarely used in polite society and never mentioned in daily newscasts. It masks itself in subtle ways, blazes boldly out in front, or gnaws at us like termites nibbling […]

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Valuable

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases…” (Psalm 103:2-3) Boarding a Boeing 747, purchasing Sudafed at Target, and driving into a ritzy South Florida neighborhood share a common thread. Stitching those random scenarios together is the fact that we must […]

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A Stone’s Throw Away

“For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet – I can count all my bones – they stare and gloat over me;”  (Psalm 22:16-17) There are times when God reveals himself in the gentlest whisper that might easily be dismissed. At other times he shouts loud […]

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