Ends of the Earth

“A devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.” (Acts 10:2) Prayer is a mystery, deep and wide and way beyond us all. We attempt to fathom its meaning, to discern how it works, but we come up short time and time again. […]

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Familiar Disregard

“And David had success in all his undertakings for the Lord was with him.”  (1 Samuel. 18:14) Power to Succeed What difference does it make, anyway? We know the story of David the shepherd boy who would become king, but we quickly place it within the “familiar but ancient” file that has little bearing on […]

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Guide

“As is your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is full of righteousness. Let Mount Zion be glad, let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments. Walk about Zion and go around her; count her towers; consider her ramparts; go through her palaces, […]

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Unthinkable

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.” (Matthew 3:13) When Jesus approached John with this appeal, John didn’t think this was entirely a good idea. Feeling completely unworthy to fulfill Christ’s request, he attempted to reason Christ out of his plan. Earlier, the Baptizer had explained to […]

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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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Precursor

“Then Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.”     (2 Chronicles 20:18) Even his name has a wonderful ring to it. Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah, famous for his triumphant victory during a dark time […]

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Surpassing

“And they went to a place called Gethsemane.” (Mark 14:32) Gethsemane was that place of unbearable anguish where we picture our Savior wrestled to the ground, pinned down by the excruciating heavy weight of the world. Jesus escaped to pray in this familiar olive grove in the hours before facing the cross and invited in […]

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Yours

Your joy for my strength Your Word for my hope Your forgiveness for my freedom Your plans for my good Your paths for my future Your thoughts for my mind Your strength for my weakness Your peace for my problems Your love for my lifetime You for my everything.   Elizabeth A Mitchell Photo Credit: […]

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Scarecrows and Cucumbers

“But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King.” Jeremiah 10:10 I usually steer clear of intimidating paths, but recently plunged ahead on one that I had avoided for a decade or more. It is far easier to tackle the safer places, the familiar winding roads, the less complicated […]

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Need of It

“If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.” Mark 11:3 The Lord and his disciples “drew near to Jerusalem” at the Mount of Olives the week before he made his way to Golgotha. At this juncture in the storyline, […]

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