Immersed

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13) Hope surges through Scripture in the way sparkling river water conveys life to parched places. Streaming through the Word in a recurring theme, hope brims […]

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Enough

“Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him.”          (John 11:45) During our struggles we may believe our lives void of significance. Pinned beneath cancer’s aggressive hold, squeezed tight by financial difficulties, or drained by depression’s tiresome company, we may think […]

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Living Nativity

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.”  (Luke 2:14) This very morning, we celebrate the wonder and beauty of everything Christmas! Rather than going through the motions of knowing the nativity by heart, perhaps we could manage to “be” a part of the Christmas story. […]

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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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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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Oblivious

“Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”     (Ephesians 1:4) Ungratefulness wears an ugly dress in every culture. When a gift is offered, regardless of the price tag attached, gratitude should always be present. This is especially true when the gift is priceless, defying description in any […]

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Helper

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8) Heavy-hearted and under siege, we hunker down and hide, fearful of the onslaught from the enemy intent on our destruction. At the very least, he plots to capture us in his cavern of discouragement by providing a hundred reasons […]

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Hope Surge

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4) We hear reports from distant shores and nearby corner stores of friends who bear the marks of loss of one kind or another. Cancer has made itself […]

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On the Way

“In my Father’s house are many rooms…” (John 14:2a) For almost two hours our team bumped along in a van with little or no shock absorbers. The dark Zambian sky obscured the roadway ahead creating aerie shadows in the desolate countryside. Our bodies rattled and rolled on thin, worn-out seats as we drove along the […]

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Seamless

“By the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.” (Isaiah 40:26b) Easter recedes in the rear view mirror as the roadway stretches forward with mile markers slipping past at the speed of life. From this close proximity, the cross and the thunderous noise of the tombstone rolling away […]

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