Fingerprints

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.” (Psalm 67:1-2)           Is it possible that in some incomprehensible way those unnamed missionaries have learned of the impact they […]

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One Friday

One Friday Soldiers scourging Twisting thorns Piercing crown Purple gown Ridicule Slapping Bashing Shoving deity Meanest Mockery Guiltless Faultless Sinless Lamb Condemned Man’s maker Scrutinized Brutalized Pulverized Crucified For us.   Elizabeth Karram Mitchell Photo Credit: Paul Westel

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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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Instrumental

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself… 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Architects and artists, gourmet chefs and avid gardeners share a common denominator – tools. Each professional carries out his or her particular […]

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Challenge

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) As we sat in small groups during our church’s leadership study we were handed an unusual task. As the offering plates were passed, […]

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Canopy

“They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!’” (Mark 1:12) We enjoy packaging God in manageable proportions: a single serving of Deity, not too much to overindulge our spiritual palate. If he is just the right size, then we fit him into our day in the appropriate places and […]

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Costly Walk

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” (Romans 12:11) God longs for us to know him intimately and make him known to others. Throughout the Gospels, Christ challenges us to accomplish this by a life of faithful “following” after him. In order to give us a clear visual of […]

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