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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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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The Beggar’s Gift

“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:6) He wasn’t asking for much. The beggar was used to being ignored, stepped over, marginalized. But if, somehow, he could get the attention of a few as they made their way into the temple, if they stopped for a moment and […]

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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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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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Completely Done

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the circumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13‐14) When Jesus rebuked the […]

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Whole Way

Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” (Mark 1:41) The ghastly label of leper was his sole identification, for we are not privy to his name or the city of his origin. Banished from society, his kind would not presume to scale the […]

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Handle With Care

“Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, ‘I will; be clean,’” (Mark 1:41) The ghastly label of leper is his sole identification mark, for we are not informed of his name or the city of his origin. Banished from society, his kind becomes invisible. Whisperings about the […]

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Highway

“And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’” (Acts 3:4) At first glance, the story doesn’t seem thrilling. The man is lame; the disciples show up; the man is healed. No big deal. Jesus did it all the time. On closer inspection, when we read through the Acts […]

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Full Attention

“Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, ‘Great is the LORD who delights in the welfare of his servant!’” (Psalm 35:27) Weighed down by afternoon heaviness, I am conscious of the rumblings of my volcanic heart where hot lava spurts, smoke spreads, and dust descends in […]

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