Glimpses of Glory

“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” John 1:18 Christ came at Christmastime, tumbling into our world within the arms of Mary and Joseph in that obscure little town of Bethlehem. After the angels heralded Jesus’ long-awaited arrival, the shepherds found him swaddled […]

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Covering

“He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light by night. They asked, and he brought quail, and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.” (Psalm 105:39-40) This psalm erupts like a volcano of wonder spreading awe through our heart as it testifies of God’s incredible provisions for his people. The rebellious, […]

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Nazareth

“And he could do no mighty work there…” (Mark 6:5) Nazareth disappointed Jesus. This city, interwoven with the actual identification of Jesus the Nazarene, sold him out, ridiculed him, treated him with awful disdain. The ones who had known him best treated him the worst. “Where did this man get these things? What is the […]

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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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Able and Willing

“May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will […]

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Bragging Rights

‘“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18) They ooze out like sticky syrup, splotching conversation unnecessarily. Boastful words. Braggadocios challenges. Arrogant assumptions. Pride raises its puffed head and portrays pretentious imagery. […]

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Common Place

“And he said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.’” Mark 4:26 The Lord speaks our simple language. Being the perfect Teacher, he reveals his truths in ordinary terms and translates his divine point of view in pictures we can follow. Naturally, his ways are much higher […]

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Charge

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20) While Jesus made his way throughout Galilee and Judea, he was always in charge. He was the one determining […]

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Suspended

“Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.'” (Luke 10:30) Love hangs suspended on Valentine’s Day like a brilliant bunch of heart-shaped balloons, and our speaker for the night naturally chose that theme for her […]

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Favored

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:3) In the spring of 1989  I accepted a challenge and made my way to Chicago, Illinois, to attend a writer’s conference. I traveled alone, knew no one attending […]

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